Five Northamptonshire charities land £1,000 windfalls thanks to public nominations

Glamis Hall, Daventry volunteers, Hope Centre, Saints Foundation and Thomas's Fund all get a share

By Kevin Nicholls
Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 10:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 10:02 am

Five Northamptonshire charities are £1,000 each better off thanks to the Movement for Good awards.

Thomas’s Fund, Northampton Saints Foundation, Daventry Volunteer Centre, Northampton Hope Centre and Glamis Hall for All were all nominated by the public for a share of a £1milllion fund set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical which will be handed out this summer.

These five charities will benefit from the first batch of 500 awards with another ten charities nationwide in the running to get £50,000 each.

Northamptonshire charities have benefited from a 1,000 windfall

More 250,00 people around the UK voted for the Movement for Good awards with nearlly 14,000 good causes getting votes. The 500 winning charities were picked at random.

Ecclesiastical Group CEO Mark Hews said: “We have seen an overwhelming public response to our Movement for Good awards and would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause. It’s clear that people care deeply about those in need in their region at what is an incredibly testing time for many, and from looking at the nomination data locally, community organisations seem to hold a particularly fond place in the hearts of residents.

“Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services group. We are owned by a charity which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, 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 financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Northampton Hope Centre, which tackles poverty and homelessness in the area, was recently awarded £56,000 from the Government as part of a £6m package shared out between more than 130 charities.

Thomas’s Fund offers music therapy for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses or a disability which, for medical reason, means they are too ill to attend school for extended periods, raising money to pay for music therapists to work across the county.

The Northampton Saints Foundation is an ‘alternative education provider’ that uses the values of Northampton RFC and the power of sport to educate, inspire, and support young people and their communities through a number of innovative and exciting programmes.

Volunteer Centre Daventry was founded in 1990 and recruits, trains and champions volunteering in the local area while Glamis Hall for All provides a lunch club, over-50s well-being day centre and community centre for the people of Wellingborough and the surrounding areas.