Gloucestershire charities scoop share of £120,000 festive financial boost


Ten charities based in Gloucestershire have won a £1,000 festive boost thanks to nominations from the public.

The charities were nominated to win a share of £120,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

The Willow Trust, which offers disabled and seriously ill children and adults the chance to spend a day on board a canal boat, and Scrubditch Care Farm, which provides therapeutic farm-based training and activities for vulnerable people (see notes for full list1), are among the local charities set to benefit from the money following overwhelming public support in the area.

More than 120,000 people around the UK nominated a cause close to their heart, with over 5,000 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. The 120 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated.

The full list of the 120 charity winners is available to view online at

Thanking supporters in Gloucestershire, Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “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 festive financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Last year, Ecclesiastical launched its second Impact Report to celebrate some of the many good causes it has helped.