Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award from Ecclesiastical Insurance Group thanks to nominations from the public.
The Guild is one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.
The money will be used to support the Guild’s Training Fund. This is especially timely as with the easing of lockdown restrictions it is anticipated that there will be an increase in calls on the fund. Ringers are out of practice and additional training sessions and materials are an important part of supporting ringers as they return to ringing.
Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. Over 13,000 charities were nominated by more than 210,000 members of the public.
“Thank you to those who have nominated the Guild for this award. It has been rewarding to hear from members of the public how much they appreciate the sound of the church bells being rung after many churches have been silent for over a year during the pandemic. This money will help us to keep the bells ringing now that we come out of lockdown” Cathy Dixon, Guild P.R.O.
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, says: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good awards. Ecclesiastical, the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK, 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.”