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Specialist financial services group Ecclesiastical has this week announced that it donated a staggering £23.5m to charity during 2014. This follows a further recent grant of £7m and reflects the company’s strong business performance in 2014. The donation is another significant step towards the company’s ambitious goal of giving £50m to charity over three years, launched in January 2014.
Commenting on the donation, Ecclesiastical’s Group Chief Executive Mark Hews said:
“I’m delighted that our strong performance in 2014 has enabled us to make yet another sizeable grant for onward distribution to great charitable causes across the UK. Our total giving over the past twelve months is over £23m so we are now well on our way to achieving the ambitious £50m charitable giving goal we set ourselves early last year.
“This is a fantastic achievement and one that all our employees, customers and business partners should feel proud of. It comes as a result of exceptional commitment from all our staff throughout the year and the continued support from all our customers, brokers and business partners in the UK and overseas. On behalf of the company and all our charitable beneficiaries, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our supporters for helping us give back so much.
“As we build momentum into 2015, I would also like to invite others to join us on our journey to help develop and grow our unique company and support us in achieving this worthwhile £50m goal.”
The company has also announced this week that it is planning to launch an innovative and ambitious Corporate Responsibility (CR) programme in 2015. The new programme, titled Greater Giving Programme will see the company’s CR activities brought under one umbrella and increased across all Group companies and international territories from 2015. Further detail on the programme will follow in spring.
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Katri Link, PR Manager, Ecclesiastical Insurance
Tel: 01452 873162
Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JZ.
Adrian Beeby, Ellipsis Communication
Tel: 07879 403564
Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services organisation. With its main operations and headquarters in the UK, Ecclesiastical also operates in Australia, Canada and Ireland.
Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of charities, the education and faith sectors, heritage buildings and fine art.
Founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church, the company now offers a wide range of commercial insurances, as well as home insurance, selling through brokers and directly.
Ecclesiastical also offers a range of ethically screened investment funds through its award-winning investment management business, Ecclesiastical Investment Management.
Ecclesiastical is one of UK’s Top Company Donors to Charity according to the 2013/2014 UK Guide to Company Giving.
Ecclesiastical’s Group vision, launched in January 2014, states that the Group intends to give £50m to charity between 2014-2016. In 2014 alone the company donated a total of £23.5m towards the £50m goal.
More information about the company can be found at www.ecclesiastical.com