The international equality in sport charity, equitysport has won a Movement for Good Award from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group thanks to nominations from the public.
As part of the award, the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group have pledged a £1000 donation to support the ongoing work of equitysport to make global sport fairer.
The donation will be used to continue support for the charity’s education, vocational training and job creation programmes across the world of sport, ensuring that opportunities in sport are provided to all, regardless of geography, gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. Over 13,000 charities were nominated by more than 210,000 members of the public.
Tim Harper, equitysport founder and Executive Director said of the award:
“What a great start to the week! A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who nominated equitysport for this award - our supporters are much more than just supporters, they are custodians for the future of global sport and we’re incredibly excited and grateful that so many people continue to recognise the potential power of sport as a beacon of equality, diversity and equal opportunity.
This award will help us continue to provide opportunities to some of the most under-served and disadvantaged groups within the global sporting ecosystem, ensuring that the future of sport caters to everyone; whoever you are, wherever you come from and whatever your background.”
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, added:
“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. Ecclesiastical, the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK, is a unique financial services group.
We are owned by a charity which means all available profits can be given to the good causes that are so important to our customers. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, 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.”
Photo: Wezi Harawa, a former equitysport mentee and aspiring physiotherapist in Malawi, Africa.
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equitysport is a UK-registered charity (1189559) that exists to advance and promote equality, diversity and equal opportunity in and through global sport. Through free-form development, targeted advocacy, vocational training and education programmes the charity seeks an inclusive and equitable sporting ecosystem that lives up to the true values of sport.
1. Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of the faith, heritage, fine art, charities, education, real estate, schemes and private client sectors.
2. Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top corporate donors to charity. It has donated over £99m to charity since 2016 and is aiming to reach its target of giving more than £100m by the end of 2021. Find out more at www.ecclesiastical.com/about-us
About the Movement for Good awards
1. Ecclesiastical’s £1million giving programme, the Movement for Good awards, will help charities change lives for the better. Phase one will see 500 charities receive £1,000 while the other £500,000 will be given away later this summer. 30 charities will be chosen by a panel of judges to receive £10,000 to be put towards the advancement of heritage and arts, education, rural and community, climate, human rights and equality. Out of the 30 successful charities, two charities will receive an additional £50,000 each and one charity will receive an additional £100,000 award