Gloucestershire charities celebrate share of £1 million fund from the Benefact Group

Allsorts Gloucestershire

Twelve charities based in Gloucestershire have received donations of £1,000 each as part of financial services firm Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards.

For the fourth year running, Ecclesiastical Insurance owner the Benefact Group is giving away £1 million to charities through its Movement for Good awards. Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 250 awards of £1,000 available now for donation.

Gloucester City Mission, Allsorts Gloucestershire (pictured) and The Family Haven are some of the local charities set to benefit from the money, following overwhelming public support in the county.

More than 3,400 kind-hearted residents have voted for charities across the county so far. In total, more than 104,000 people around the UK supported the Movement for Good awards, with over 7,250 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. The 250 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated, with a further 250 winners being selected in September.

Data gathered from the nominations so far has revealed that 45 per cent of Gloucestershire residents still intend to donate to charitable causes despite the increase in the cost of living, showing just how generous they are.

Additionally, they are more likely to support a local charity rather than a national or international one.

Thanking supporters in Gloucestershire, Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good Awards.

“Benefact Group is the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK and has an ambition to be the biggest. Owned by a charity, all of its available profits go to good causes, and the more the group grows, the more the group can give. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of what we do.

“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.”

A further 120 £1,000 grants will be given away in December and £500,000 will also be given in larger grants later this year. For more information about the awards visit www.movementforgood.com

Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group

The full list of winning Gloucestershire charities includes:

  • Gloucester City Mission
  • Allsorts Gloucestershire
  • The Family Haven
  • Vale Wildlife Hospital
  • Cheltenham Paint Festival
  • Gloucestershire Bundles
  • Schoolreaders
  • Stroud Valley Scout Group
  • The Friends of the Milestone School
  • Longlevens AFC
  • Longfield Hospice
  • Rocky’s Rescue