£4,900 New Year gift for four Gloucester charities

17 January 2019

The Gloucester Civic Trust, St Rose’s Trust, Caring for Communities and People (CCP) and the Salvation Army will each receive just over £1,225 from Gloucester-based insurance firm Ecclesiastical.

Ecclesiastical will donate funds raised from ticket sales and donations made at its annual Christmas carol concert, which took place at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 20 December 2018.
The four chosen charities have a long-standing relationship with Ecclesiastical. Over the years, the insurer has supported multiple projects with the Gloucester Civic Trust and the CCP. St Roses has benefitted throughout 2018 through the insurer’s volunteer and employee giving schemes and the Salvation Army Band is a regular feature of the concert itself.
More than 400 people from across the county attended the concert, including the Mayor of Gloucester Cllr Joanne Brown, Charles Martell, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, and Robert Bernays, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. 
Ecclesiastical group chief executive Mark Hews said: “All of these charities do wonderful work in Gloucestershire and we are delighted to be able to support them. As a commercial company owned by a charity, we are driven by giving and our annual carol concert at Gloucester Cathedral has allowed us to support so many local charities over the years and has become a key date for the city’s festivities.”
Funds raised through ticket sales and donations on the night added up to £2,425 but Ecclesiastical, one of the UK’s top five corporate donors, has doubled the total. This means that £4,904 will be split between the chosen charities. 
Mark added: “It was wonderful to see so many people attend the concert this year and support these fantastic local charities. There is something very special about having the concert at Gloucester Cathedral and we are very grateful to them for once again allowing us to use this wonderful building which is such a key part of the city’s history.”