12 NOON FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER – ALL WELCOME
Local people are being invited to celebrate the life of Lord Alfred Morris at a memorial service which will be held at St Anthony’s Church inDunkery Road,WoodhouseParkat 12 Noon on Friday 12 October.
Everyone is welcome to attend to pay their respects to a man who was Wythenshawe MP for 33 years and a tireless campaigner for the rights of the disabled and the disadvantaged.
Lord Morris was a political legend who won worldwide recognition for his pioneering work to have the rights of the disabled enshrined in legislation.
It was his early experience of poverty – growing up with chronic sickness in the family and a father who was unable to work to support the family after being gassed in World War One – that fuelled his social conscience and his drive to take action to help those who struggled to help themselves.
Lord Morris died in August at the age of 84, after a short illness, after nearly 50 years in public office and more than 60 years as a political campaigner. He is survived by his wife, Irene, who he married in 1950, and their two sons and two daughters.
It was Alf Morris who steered the landmark 1970 Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act through Parliament. This was the first Act anywhere in the world to give rights to people with disabilities.
It was a piece of legislation which changed the lives of millions of disabled people inBritainand in the other countries which were inspired to adopt the measures enshrined in the Act.
Another milestone in Alf Morris’s mission to make a difference, was when he became the first Minister for the Disabled in 1974.
In 1991 Lord Morris introduced a Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) bill and led campaigns on Gulf War Syndrome
In 1997 he was made a life peer as Lord Morris ofManchester.
Lord Morris was still working tirelessly for disabled and disadvantaged people in his
84th year. He was Vice President of the Disabled Living Foundation and President of the Haemophilia Society, an organisation he was campaigning for just weeks before he died.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Lord Morris you can support
“The Alf Morris Memorial Trust.’’ Donations can be sent c/o 20 Hitherwood Drive, London SE19 1XB