Gloucester-headquartered specialist insurer Ecclesiastical will be giving 120 different charities an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation. Ten lucky winners will be announced each weekday from 7 to 22 December.
Gloucester Athletics Track Management Limited, National Star Foundation, Scrubditch Care Farm and The Willow Trust were among the local beneficiaries in 2019, following overwhelming public support in the county.
Once again, Ecclesiastical is inviting Gloucestershire residents to nominate a registered charity close to their hearts to benefit from this festive financial boost.
Nominations are open from 9 November to 21 December and you can vote for your favourite charity at www.movementforgood.com/12days
Winners will be drawn at random – and while it’s not a popularity contest, the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected. Ecclesiastical is encouraging everyone to use their social media channels to ask people to vote for their favourite cause to give them the best possible chance of winning.
Last year saw an amazing 140,000 people around the UK support the 12 days of giving Christmas campaign in total, with over 7,100 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes.
Bob Purcell from Gloucester Athletics Track Management Limited, said: “We are a small charity run entirely by volunteers which manages and maintains our local athletics track. Our top priority is that our track is fully accessible for athletes with a disability. Para-athletes often find it much more expensive to engage in sport and the grant from Ecclesiastical has helped us purchase new items and to maintain our fleet of racing wheelchairs, racerunners, and other equipment”
Emma Costley-White from Scrubditch Care Farm, said: “The money from Ecclesiastical was a real help to us; we put it towards finishing off our wonderful new building. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and the wonderful volunteers at Ecclesiastical. The raised beds they helped us make are still going strong and the students have been busy planting them up ready for next year!”
Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said: “As a commercial company with a charitable purpose, giving back is at the heart of our business. Our annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign will help charities change lives for the better and we know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference. We’re encouraging everyone to nominate a cause close to their hearts this Christmas to be in for a chance to win a festive financial boost.”
Last month, Ecclesiastical launched its latest Impact Report to celebrate some of the many good causes it has helped.