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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

CHARITY TODAY AWARDS

500 UK charities scoop share of £1million fund

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CHARITIES the length and breadth of Britain have received donations of £1,000 each as part of the Movement for Good awards.

The awards, set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, will see a total of £1million given to charities across the UK this summer. Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 awards of £1,000 available for donation.

More than a quarter of a million kind-hearted members of the public (253,879) supported the Movement for Good awards, voting for a total of 13,695 charitable causes across the UK. The 500 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated.

Data taken from the voting process has revealed that people are more likely to support a local charity than a national one during this time with causes linked to the community and health being top of the list. Nearly 30% of people have pledged support to a community charity, with health charities receiving 20% of the overall support.

Among the charities to secure an award are health organisation Lifesavers Scotland, Tenovus Cancer Care in Cardiff, Central Youth Theatre in Wolverhampton, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield and the Forever Hounds Trust in Oxford.

Thanking those who nominated a charity, Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Ecclesiastical, said:

“We have seen an overwhelming public response to our Movement for Good awards and would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause. It’s clear that people care deeply about those in need, perhaps even more so at a time when charities and in turn the people and projects they support, need it the most. Indeed, from looking at the nomination data, community and healthcare organisations are understandably front of mind recently.

“Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services group. We are owned by a charity which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

For more information about the Movement for Good awards and for a full list of the winning charities, visit: www.ecclesiastical.com/movementforgood

Later this summer, a further ten charities will also be chosen by a panel of judges to receive £50,000 from Ecclesiastical to be put towards the advancement of education, skills, arts, culture and heritage, as well as citizenship or community development.

Charities are invited to apply for the substantial grant with applications being assessed against four key areas; impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.

The successful charities will be announced from Monday 21 September 2020.

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