Ecclesiastical launches the Movement for Good Awards 2020 - giving over €1 million to charities in need

Posted on 6 May 2020

Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is again giving away over €1 million to charities registered in Ireland and the UK with the return of its Movement for Good awards.

This year 500 more charities will each receive over €1,000 / €1,120 during the first phase of the campaign, which launches today. A second phase of giving will happen later this summer when several charities will be awarded with a lump sum. For example, during the second phase of Movement for Good 2019, Children’s Books Ireland was awarded with €55,000.

Last year saw an amazing 1,700 people take part in the nomination process in the Republic of Ireland, with over 100 charities up and down the country receiving votes.  A further 3,500 people took part in the process in Northern Ireland, with a total of 98,000 people nominating more than 7,000 charitable causes from all over Ireland and the UK. 

Members of the public are once again being encouraged to nominate a cause close to their heart for a potential award of more than €1,000 to help make a difference during what is a difficult time for charities, with many struggling as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Winners will be drawn at random and the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected.

It’s quick and easy to nominate, you can vote for your favourite charity online at The nomination process is open until the 24 May.

Hugh’s House, Friends of the Coombe, Dogs in Distress, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, and St Vincent de Paul were just some of the beneficiaries in Ireland in 2019, following overwhelming public support.

A representative from Friends of the Coombe said:

“Thank you to everyone who nominated us last year.  This award was put towards a fund which helped Friends of the Coombe to deliver a project we call Paul, which is the world’s most advanced real life and real time premature baby clinical skills simulator and the most accurate recreation of a preterm baby born in the 27th week of pregnancy available today.

“This will enable The Coombe to stage simulated learning opportunities as complex as the babies it cares for, allowing healthcare professionals at The Coombe to develop and maintain the critical clinical and teamwork skills needed for highly specialised emergency situations.”

David Lane, Managing Director of Ecclesiastical in Ireland, said:

“We’re delighted to announce the launch of Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards for the second year running. The coronavirus is having a major impact on charities and many are facing financial difficulties. Our Movement for Good awards will continue to help charities at a time when they need it most and we know that for many charities, €1,000 can make a real difference.

“We were thrilled to receive so many nominations from the public last year and this year we are encouraging even more people to nominate a good cause.

“Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services group. We are owned by a charity which means all available profits can be given to 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.”