More than 94,000 people nominated thousands of good causes as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s annual 12 Days of Giving campaign, which donated £120,000 to 120 charities. Two of the winning charities are helping to make a real difference in Cardiff.
Wales Millennium Centre is a focal point for the unique culture, identity and talents of Wales through the creation of a world class showcase for musicals, opera and dance.
Wales Millennium Centre added: “We’re delighted to be one of the winners of Ecclesiastical’s 12 Days of Giving campaign. This £1,000 will go towards our charitable work, helping us achieve our aim to raise the aspiration of young people across Wales through a number of different programmes and projects. A huge ‘diolch’ to everyone who nominated us”.
Llamau is a leading homelessness charity in Wales supporting vulnerable people. The charity works with over 8,000 young people, women and families fleeing domestic abuse every year.
Jenna Lewis, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Llamau commented: “The work we do simply would not be possible without donations and public support. We are so grateful to everyone who nominated Llamau to receive a donation from Ecclesiastical, as part of the 12 Days of Giving campaign. Your support will change the lives of homeless young people and women in Wales, by ensuring they are able to build an independent future for themselves and to leave homelessness behind for good.”
Chris Pitt, corporate responsibility manager at Ecclesiastical, said: “As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, we believe charitable giving is really important, and even small amounts can add up to make a big difference. It’s fantastic to see that so many people have taken the time to vote for a charity that is close to their hearts and we’re delighted to hear how these donations are making a positive difference, not only in Cardiff but throughout the UK and far beyond.”
“The 12 Days of Giving campaign has enabled us to give a boost to 120 charities, helping a vast range of causes, from refurbishing an open-air swimming pool, providing care for the terminally ill, and rescuing abandoned dogs in Romania, to helping young people with mental health issues through surfing.”
Ecclesiastical staff gave more than £300,000 to good causes in 2018 through personal grants and matched donations for fundraising and payroll giving as part of the company’s ‘MyGiving’ scheme. Ecclesiastical gives all members of staff a personal grant of £125 to give to charity and this is doubled if they volunteer for the same charity.
Last year, Ecclesiastical launched its first Impact Report
to demonstrate the many ways the company is contributing towards the greater good of society.
Full list of Welsh charities that received a 12 Days of Giving grant:
- Greenacres Animal Rescue, Haverfordwest
- Llamau, Cardiff
- Shining Stars, Caerphilly
- St Thomas Church Maesglas, Newport
- Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff