More than 94,000 people nominated thousands of good causes as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s annual 12 Days of Giving campaign, which donated £120,000 to 120 charities. Four of the winning causes are churches that are helping to make a real difference in the UK.
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a landmark church in Trafalgar Square rooted in a vibrant congregational life, providing regular worship, music and education, and helping to reduce the effects of poverty.
Revd Richard Carter, Associate Vicar for Mission at St Martin-in-the-Fields added: “This £1,000 donation will go towards our Nazareth Community retreat weekend allowing those who are refugees or asylum seekers or have no income to join a weekend of reflection, prayer and spiritual growth at St Columba Retreat House in Woking. This money will also help towards essential transport costs and for our Nazareth Community activities and making small Lampedusa crosses that each member of the community receive and which has become such a powerful expression of our community life and prayer. Thank you.”
Friends of Winchester Cathedral is an independent charity set up to support the Cathedral. The organisation has over 3,000 members in Winchester, Hampshire and beyond.
Bruce Parker, Chairman of The Friends of Winchester Cathedral commented: “We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to nominate us. This £1,000 boost will go towards the many grants we provide to the Cathedral. We pay for the Girls’ Choir, two boy choristers, essential stonework repairs to the Cathedral, flower displays, maintenance of the trees in the Close, and many other projects which are so vital in the life of a Cathedral.”
The other churches to receive £1,000 were The Old Chapel Community Project in Gotherington and St Thomas Church Maesglas.
Chris Pitt, corporate responsibility manager at Ecclesiastical, said: “As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, we believe charitable giving is really important, and even small amounts can add up to make a big difference. It’s fantastic to see that so many people have taken the time to vote for a cause that is close to their hearts and we’re delighted to hear how these donations are making a positive difference.”
“The 12 Days of Giving campaign has enabled us to give a boost to 120 charities, helping a vast range of causes, from refurbishing an open-air swimming pool, providing care for the terminally ill, and rescuing abandoned dogs in Romania, to helping young people with mental health issues through surfing.”
Ecclesiastical staff gave more than £300,000 to good causes in 2018 through personal grants and matched donations for fundraising and payroll giving as part of the company’s ‘MyGiving’ scheme. Ecclesiastical gives all members of staff a personal grant of £125 to give to charity and this is doubled if they volunteer for the same charity.
Last year, Ecclesiastical launched its first Impact Report
to demonstrate the many ways the company is contributing towards the greater good of society.