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£50m Ecclesiastical donation to charities to double

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 22 June 2016 8:09

£50m Ecclesiastical donation to charities to double

Thousands of charities have benefited from a share of £50million, thanks to the generosity of one of Gloucester’s biggest employers - and there is more to come.

Brunswick Road-based insurance firm Ecclesiastical is the company with the altruistic streak running through its business plan.

Given over two years – ahead of schedule – the company felt good enough about the donation to mark reaching its target with a special Service of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral.

At which it revealed the mammoth target was only the beginning of its ambitions – it plans to give a further £100m to charitable causes by 2020.

Chief executive Mark Hews said: “Being a successful commercial organisation and working incredibly hard in order to be able to give back to the communities we operate in has always been a part of Ecclesiastical’s DNA.

“As specialists in our markets we know that in order to do good, we need to be good at what we do and our staff have really pulled together over the last two and a half years to make an even bigger contribution to society than we have ever done before.

“For this, I am extremely grateful to every individual in our organisation as well as all our customers, supporters and partners, in the UK and overseas.

“It is only with everyone’s support and contribution we have been able to make a difference to the lives of so many.”

Seven hundred UK and overseas guests celebrated the charitable giving milestone at Gloucester Cathedral as well as 700 current and former staff, family members, business partners, and charities which have received support.

The service included a special message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby

The donation is equivalent to building 3,333 schools in Malawi, funding 1,039 flying doctors for a year, providing vaccinations for 1,834,189 children, or 1,431 guide dogs for the blind.

The majority of Ecclesiastical’s donations are granted to the group’s parent company, the charity Allchurches Trust (ATL), for onward distribution to charities and good causes across the UK.

The causes supported include homeless charities, youth organisations, a variety of community projects, schools, churches and many morer.

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