Bedford borough residents can nominate for free local charities to receive a potential £1,000 award.
For the third year running, Ecclesiastical Insurance is giving away £1mn to charities via its Movement for Good awards.
500 charities will receive £1,000 at the end of this first phase of the giveaway, with the second phase taking place later in the summer.
Nominations are open until 13 June and anyone can put forward any UK-registered charity.
The winners are selected at random, but a charity’s chances of winning £1,000 are increased by the more nominations it receives.
Since it began in 2019, there have been over 1,600 nominations from Bedfordshire residents to the Movement for Good awards and £10,000 given out to charities based in the county.
The Bedford-based Road Victims Trust were awarded £1,000 in the 2019 awards and are hoping to be successful again this year.
The charity provides free and confidential emotional and practical support to individuals and families affected by road fatalities in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
The majority of their support comes through weekly one hour sessions with a trained volunteer counsellor.
Mark Turner, Road Victims Trust’s chief executive, said there are unfortunately, on average, 85-90 road fatalities every year across the area they cover.
Winning a £1,000 award “can go a long way” for the charity in helping those affected by road fatalities.
“It essentially allows us to support at least two families for a whole year” by providing free support, Turner told the Bedford Independent.
Other previous local Movement for Good winners include Bedford Foodbank and Bedford Area Schools Christian Support Trust.
Mark Hews, group chief executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, added:
“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 Insurance Group are owned by the All Churches Trust charity and were originally founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church.
To nominate a charitable cause, visit Movement for Good’s website. The winners will be announced between 21 June and 2 July.