Macclesfield: Local charities receive thousands from international company

By Alex Greensmith

19th Sep 2023 | Local News

An East Cheshire Hospice charity shop, in Poynton. (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)
An East Cheshire Hospice charity shop, in Poynton. (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)

A 136-year-old company have donated £1000 to East Cheshire Hospice.

Gloucester-based Benefact Group have donated one grand to the Macclesfield palliative care centre.

The good cause, located on Millbank Drive was not the only local charity to benefit from the corporation.

Benefact also donated £1000 to Wilmslow-based Cheshire Search and Rescue, who serve Macclesfield and across our county.

For the fifth year running, the financial services firm is giving away over £1 million to charities through its Movement for Good Awards.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 150 awards of £1,000 announced today.

This is why local causes like East Cheshire Hospice in Upton Priory have benefited, despite it being located over 100 miles away from where the business is based.

More than 15,000 charitable causes in the UK and Ireland received votes, thanks to over 250,000 nominations from supporters. The 150 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated, following 150 previous winners being selected in June. Further donations will be awarded throughout the year.

Kind-hearted Cheshire residents donated their time and submitted more than 6,500 nominations for charities close to their hearts, with over 200 local causes receiving votes.

Another local charity to benefit alongside the aforementioned end-of-life care and missing persons charity is Space.

They are youth charity based in Chester, but serving across the county. They are not to be confused with a similar Macclesfield charity of the same name.

Space aims to relieve isolation experienced by children with additional needs and their families, are the local charities set to benefit from the money, following overwhelming public support in the county.

They also received £1000.

Nationally, 420 charities will receive £1000 donations, while a further 40 good causes will be awarded £5,000 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 donations totalling £500,000 will also be given in larger amounts later this year. So it is possible that the charities which serve Macclesfield could receive more in 2023.

It is all part of Benefact's Movement for Good Awards, which you can find out about on this link.

Other local charities which received cash from Benefact this year include Congleton's The Beagle Welfare Scheme and Silklife Foodbank of Macclesfield's George Street.

They have previously helped disabled kids charity Friends for Leisure, which used to be based in Macclesfield, as well as Macc's Erin Hounds.

A full list of recipients can be found here.

Thanking supporters in Cheshire, Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: "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. 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 £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."

Benefact Group has donated almost £200million to charitable causes since 2014 and has been recognised as the third biggest corporate giver in the UK1. The organisation aims to reach £250million in donations by 2025.

Benefact are an international collection of financial services businesses, which have been running since Victorian times. Find more about them by clicking HERE.

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

See Also: Here's what Macclesfield charity Space4Autism will spend Co-op cash on

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