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Ten charities to receive share of £500,000 from Gloucester business

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 12 October 2020 7:00

Ten charities to receive share of £500,000 from Gloucester business

Ten charitable causes from across the UK have each been selected for a £50,000 gift by one of Gloucester’s biggest employers.  

The Ecclesiastical Insurance’s Movement for Good awards, have seen a total of £1million given to charities across the UK this summer. 

Five hundred charities have already been awarded donations of £1,000 and now 10 charitable organisations will benefit from £50,000 grants. 

Each of the £50,000 awards aim to support the advancement of education, skills, arts, culture and heritage, as well as citizenship or community development. 

Applications were assessed against four key areas; impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.  

The Lily Mae Foundation, which providesbereavement support for families who have lost a baby in the West Midlands, is one of the charities set to receive an award. The fund will allow the charity to enhance its Baby Loss Support Service, a project that will develop resources to support more bereaved families over the next three years. 

Another charity, Tastelife UK, which aims to support eating disorder sufferers and their families whilst also advancing public education, will be launching its Youth Track Development scheme. 

The project will increase education of eating disorders amongst Key Stage 3 students in schools across the UK. 

Mark Hews, group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said: “We believe this financial boost will create long-lasting improvements for communities and support charity workers during what is an incredibly testing time for many. 

“Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services group. Owned by a charity, our core purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society. 

“Charitable giving is at the heart of our business and we are proud to be able to give all available profits to the good causes which are important to our customers.” 

Ryan Jackson, founder and managing director at The Lily Mae Foundation, said: “We were pretty blown away when we were told we were fortunate enough to be one of the winners. 

“The project that the money will go towards isa very unique one-to-one baby loss support service. 

“For those bereaved parents who have sadly lost a baby, having a service like this is a lifeline. We plan on using the money to bring in other bereavement support workers so we can offer more appointments for our service.” 

Di Archer, CEO at Tastelife UK, said: “The funding is an utter game changer. The news that we won was the best news ever and I think I was completely speechless. 

“We are so aware that eating disorders haveactually increased during Covid and will go on increasing with the continuing uncertainly. They are often hidden and our project will give people a safe space to talk about them, which feels more important than ever.” 

More than a quarter of a million members of the public (253,879) supported the Movement for Good awards during its first phase earlier this year, with over 13,695 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. 

The 500 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated. 

Phase two saw 1,059 project submissions for the £50,000 awards. Following a review of all the applications, a panel of judges made their final selection of the winning projects2. 

Full list of 10 winning charities:

Breast Cancer UK Limited – Digital Learning to Prevent Breast Cancer

Shared Lives Plus Limited – Developing Homeshare in Scotland

Tastelife UK – Youth Track Development
Power2 – Teens and Toddlers
The Challenger Trust - My Journey: Challenger Trust in Birmingham Schools
The Lily Mae Foundation - Baby Loss Support Service Enhancement
Thomas's Fund - Kettering General Hospital, Pen Green Children’s Centre and Community & Family Connections scheme
Parents Plus Company Limited by Guarantee - Transforming Intellectual Disability Services across the U.K. and Ireland with The Parents Plus Special Needs programme
Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues - Resilient Active Youth