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We Love MCR Charity statement on passing of Sir Howard Bernstein

We Love MCR Charity are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Howard Bernstein, and wish to extend our profound condolences to his family, friends, and the city which he passionately served for decades.

Sir Howard speaking at our 2022 'Heart and Hope' fundraiser

Sir Howard was a proud Ambassador and benefactor to We Love MCR Charity. His personal endeavours were always aligned to our mission of empowering positive change for communities and young people across the city of Manchester.


His retirement dinner in 2017 raised £484,500, all going to We Love MCR Charity in the creation of the Sir Howard Bernstein Endowment Fund. Sir Howard’s passion for seeing young Mancunians succeed from humble beginnings as he did, is the essence of this fund, with the objective of supporting them in education, enterprise and employment, ensuring they play their fullest part in the economic life of the city.

Following the running of two successful summer schools in 2018 and 2019 for young people, the greatest success of the SHB Endowment Fund was born - the Manchester's Rising Stars Fund. In perfect harmony with his legacy of a brighter future for the next generation of Mancunians, this unique bursary programme has so far changed the lives of over 250 young Mancunians, breaking down their financial barriers and empowering them to fulfil their ambitions.

Through this Fund, we have supported aspiring academics, athletes and entrepreneurs. Young people that, despite all the challenges they have faced, are going to be surgeons, engineers, teachers, lawyers and even Olympians.  Many of these young people simply would not have been able to access the items and opportunities they needed without the support of the Fund and Sir Howard’s bold vision.

Simon Wright, our Head of Charity, said:

“On behalf of We Love MCR Charity and the board of trustees, we are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Howard Bernstein. He was an inspirational figurehead for Manchester, and a highly regarded ambassador for We Love MCR Charity for many years.
Sir Howard's legacy of supporting ambitious Mancunians will continue to drive our work across the city. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”


Sir Howard’s legacy helped to shape the Manchester we know today. He will always be remembered by the wider We Love MCR Charity family as foundational for the transformational impacts our work has had, and continues to have, on young Mancunians.


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