Gloucestershire charities scoop share of £1 million fund

Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good Campaign, London, 22nd April 2019

Twenty-one charities based in Gloucestershire have been gifted donations of £1,000 each as part of the Movement for Good awards.

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

The Willow Trust, Longfield Hospice Care, Gloucestershire Academy of Music and Cirencester Foodbank are among the local charities set to benefit from the money, following overwhelming public support in the county.

More than 4,600 kind-hearted residents took part in the nomination process, voting for over 130 charities across the region.

In total, an amazing 98,000 people around the UK supported the Movement for Good awards, with over 7,000 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. The 500 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated.

Thanking supporters in Gloucestershire, Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said: “We have seen a fantastic public response to our Movement for Good awards. It’s clear that people, care deeply about good causes in their region, and from looking at the nomination data locally, healthcare and community focussed organisations seemed to hold a particularly fond place in the hearts of residents.

“Here at Ecclesiastical, our core purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, so 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.”

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.

From Monday 17th June, 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 30th September 2019.

Owned by a charity, Ecclesiastical is the only financial services group that exists to give all its profits to charity. It has given £100million to charity over the past five years and is the fourth largest corporate giver in the UK2.