Museums Northumberland – the independent charity providing Northumberland’s museums service – is one of 30 charities chosen by a panel of judges to receive £10,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to good causes this year.
The grant from Movement for Good will enable Museums Northumberland to extend and enhance its existing outdoor play equipment at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington to include a new fully inclusive and accessible play facility for children with a broad range of physical and sensory disabilities. The new facility has been designed to meld seamlessly with the existing mining themed Pit Yard Play Area, which connects children to the world of mining in Northumberland in a playful way through a range of cleverly designed equipment and activities. Together, the two play elements will create an exciting outdoor facility which encourages physical and social play between children of differing ages and abilities.
The awards are designed to help charities make a real difference in their communities. More than 1,000 charities applied for the funding and the winning projects were selected against four criteria: impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.
Rowan Brown, Chief Executive at Museums Northumberland, said: “The generous donation from the Ecclesiastical Movement for Good Awards has helped us to raise the funding needed to expand the existing play area at Woodhorn Museum to include more accessible and inclusive play equipment. It will mean children of all ages and abilities can enjoy visiting our museum and learning about Northumberland’s mining heritage.”
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, said: “At Ecclesiastical we believe business should be a force for good. Charitable causes need sustained support and a sense of financial stability. Through the second phase of our Movement for Good awards we are actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society. We know that £10,000 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.”
“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.”
For more information about the Movement for Good awards, visit: www.ecclesiastical.com/movementforgood.
Notes for editors
- 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
- Ecclesiastical is the fourth largest corporate giver to charity in the UK, according to the DSC’s (Directory of Social Change) Guide to UK Company Giving 2021–22. 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 ecclesiastical.com/about-us
About the Movement for Good awards
- Ecclesiastical’s £1million giving programme, the Movement for Good awards, will help charities change lives for the better. Phase one saw 500 charities receive £1,000 while the other £500,000 is given away later in the year
- 30 charities were 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. For more information visit www.ecclesiastical.com/movementforgood