North Yorkshire charities scoop share of £1million fund


Seven charities based in North Yorkshire have received donations of £1,000 each as part of the Movement for Good awards.

The awards, set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, will see a total of £1million given to charities across the UK this summer. Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 awards of £1,000 available for donation.

Dementia Forward in Ripon, York Army Museum and Saint Catherine’s Hospice Trust in Scarborough (see notes for full list1) are among the local charities set to benefit from the money, following overwhelming public support in the county.

More than 1,800 kind-hearted residents voted for over 100 charities across the region.

In total, an amazing 98,000 people around the UK supported the Movement for Good awards, with over 7,000 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. The 500 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated.

Thanking supporters in North Yorkshire, Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said:

We have seen a fantastic public response to our Movement for Good awards. It’s clear that people care deeply about good causes in their region, and from looking at the nomination data locally, community and healthcare organisations seemed to hold a particularly fond place in the hearts of residents.

Here at Ecclesiastical, our core purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, so 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.

Later this summer, a further ten charities will also be chosen by a panel of judges to receive £50,000 from Ecclesiastical to be put towards the advancement of education, skills, arts, culture and heritage, as well as citizenship or community development.

From Monday 17 June, charities are invited to apply for the substantial grant with applications being assessed against four key areas; impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.

The successful charities will be announced from Monday 30 September 2019.

Owned by a charity, Ecclesiastical is the only financial services group that exists to give all its profits to charity. It has given £100million to charity over the past five years and is the fourth largest corporate giver in the UK2.

For further information on the Movement for Good Awards and for a full list of winning charities, visit:

The seven charities in North Yorkshire to be awarded are:

  • Dementia Forward
  • Harrogate & Area Council for Voluntary Service Ltd
  • Saint Catherine’s Hospice Trust
  • Stamford Bridge Village Hall
  • The Parochial Church Council of Christ Church High Harrogate
  • Wellspring Therapy & Training
  • York Army Museum

Netty Newell, Deputy CEO of Dementia Forward, said:

Dementia Forward is delighted to receive a donation of £1,000 as part of the Movement for Good Awards.

We are North Yorkshire charity that provides information, advice and support to local people affected by dementia.  Through our experienced dementia support advisors, helpline and wellbeing cafes, we support people with dementia to live well alongside their families.

We would like to thank Ecclesiastical for their generosity which will ensure that our services keep providing much-needed support.


Lizzie Hughes, Harrogate Easier Living Project Support Worker:

The wave of support from our supporters in nominating us for this award was overwhelming and we are really grateful to everyone who took the time to vote.

This is an incredible initiative from Ecclesiastical and will really make a difference to small charities like ours who make a big difference in their community.

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