Monday, April 22, 2024

North Yorkshire charity welcomes £5,000 donation

An animal rescue charity is celebrating after being awarded a £5,000 donation. Whitby Animal Sanctuary will receive a monetary gift as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards.

Founded by Alexandra Farmer and aided by a team of dedicated volunteers, Whitby Animal Sanctuary rescues thousands of animals each year. The charity moved to new premises in 2020 enabling it to increase the number of animals it is able to home.

More than 104,000 people around the country gave their time and nominated the animal welfare causes they cared most about to receive one of the ten special grants that were available. The winning charities were chosen at random from those nominated.

Now in its fifth year, the Movement for Good Awards is the flagship charitable giving initiative from Benefact Group. This year once again, more than £1 million will be gifted to charities up and down the UK and Ireland, following £4 million being given to good causes since the initiative started in 2019.

Since the awards began, more than 1.6 million nominations have been received resulting in over 2,200 charities benefitting from valuable donations.

This year, 420 charities will be awarded £1,000 donations, while 40 good causes will be awarded £5,000 sums 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 gifts totalling £500,000 will also be donated in larger amounts later this year.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, says: “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate an animal charity 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 £5,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that animal charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will help animal welfare.”

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

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

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