Bedford residents urged to nominate local charities for £1m Movement for Good awards

Foster Hill Road Cemetery
Foster Hill Road Cemetery was one of the beneficiaries in 2019

Bedfordians are asked to nominate their most-deserving charities for a slice of this year’s £1m Movement for Good awards.

Specialist insurer, Ecclesiastical, is once again offering 500 winning charities the chance to receive £1,000 during the first phase of the competition. A further 500 will be selected later in the year.

In 2019 more than 800 kind-hearted Bedfordshire residents voted for over 40 charities across the region.

Chums Charity, Friends for Life Bedfordshire, Road Victims Trust and The Friends of Bedford Cemetery (Foster Hill Road) were among the local beneficiaries in 2019, following overwhelming public support in the county.

A representative from Friends of Bedford Cemetery Foster Hill Road said, “I would like to say thank you for the donation which we received last year.

“This enabled us to complete a project we had undertaken to refurbish 150 year old gates to the “closed” Grade II listed cemetery. We were delighted to receive this unexpected bonus at just the right time.”

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in an extremely challenging time for charities, and many are struggling with the unprecedented impact it’s had, so this added financial support could be a lifeline to many local good causes.

The nomination process is open until 24 May. Winners will be drawn at random and the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.

Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said, “We’re delighted to announce the launch of Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards for the second year running.

“The coronavirus is having a major impact on charities and many are facing financial difficulties. Our Movement for Good awards will continue to help charities at a time when they need it most and we know that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference.

“We were thrilled to receive so many nominations from the public last year and this year we are encouraging even more people to nominate a good cause.

“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.” 

It’s quick and easy to nominate, you can vote for your favourite charity online at:

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