• Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

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Northumberland charity celebrates share of £1million fund

A charity based in Northumberland is celebrating today after receiving a donation of £1,000 as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards.

For the fifth year running, Benefact Group is giving away over £1million to charities through its Movement for Good Awards. Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 150 awards of £1,000 announced today.

Northumberland Dog Rescue, a charity dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs in the local area, is the local charity set to benefit from the money, following overwhelming public support in the county. Kind-hearted Northumberland residents donated their time and submitted more than 1,700 nominations for charities close to their hearts, with over 60 local causes receiving votes.

More than 15,000 charitable causes in the UK and Ireland received votes, thanks to over 250,000 nominations from supporters. The 150 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated, following 150 previous winners being selected in June. Further donations will be awarded throughout the year.

Since the awards began, nearly 2million people have nominated and made a difference to communities all across the UK and Ireland with more than £5million given to over 2,500 charities.

This year, 420 charities will be awarded £1,000 donations, while 40 good causes will be awarded £5,000 via special grants throughout the year, aimed at helping charities in specific sectors. Winners will be drawn at random and the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.  Further donations totalling £500,000 will also be given in larger amounts later this year.

To find out how to support the Movement for Good Awards and to nominate a cause you care about visit www.movementforgood.com.

Thanking supporters in Northumberland, Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good Awards. Benefact Group is the third largest corporate donor in the UK and has an ambition to be the biggest. Owned by a charity, all of its available profits go to good causes, and the more the Group grows, the more the Group can give. 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.”

Lee Fraser, Charity Trustee at Northumberland Dog Rescue, said: “We’re delighted and honoured to have been selected as one of the winners of a £1,000 donation as part of the Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards.

Since the pandemic ended there have been a lot more dogs being handed in to rescue centres throughout the country. It has meant that rescue centres are at bursting point and regrettably having to turn dogs away. This donation will go a long way in helping our rescue centre just outside Alnwick in Northumberland to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless dogs in Northumberland.”

Benefact Group has donated almost £200million to charitable causes since 2014 and has been recognised as the third biggest corporate giver in the UK. The organisation aims to reach £250million in donations by 2025.

Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group.