Employees at the Morgan Motor Company have always been considered special, and are referred to by Morgan owners the world over as members of the Morgan “family”, a description illustrated perfectly by the support given recently to employee Thom Donaldson. Following a serious accident outside of the work place in 2006, Thom, who had only recently joined as an apprentice in the trim department was left with only limited movement. He now relies on a powered wheelchair for mobility.
Such was the feeling within the company, that it was agreed that 2007 would be the year of support for Thom. As a result the appeal committee managed to raise a whopping £75,000 thanks to the efforts of a large number of people and organisations plus the kindness of many visitors and the local community. This has given financial support for a specially modified car, hydrotherapy sessions and specialist equipment to allow Thom to move into a flat local to the factory, and start back at Morgan doing computer work.
The events organised by Thom’s supporters included golf days, a summer ball and auction, clay pigeon shoots, gigs and even a head shave by one of his factory co-workers. The finale was the raffling of a brand new Morgan Roadster at the Christmas party. Produced with time freely donated by the factory employees, and made from components kindly donated by Morgan’s supplier base including Ford, Powertorque, Radshape, Caparo AP, MB components and Caerbont as well as many smaller component suppliers too numerous to mention, one lucky owner took delivery just a few weeks ago of a beautiful racing green 3.0 litre Roadster.
Charles Morgan, the grandson of the founder said “we were all devastated when we first heard the news, and the fund raising was one tangible way of helping one of the “family” that makes up the Morgan Motor company workforce back to independence. We are all delighted to see him back at work”