London charities scoop share of £120,000 festive financial boost


Fourteen charities based in London have won a £1,000 festive boost thanks to nominations from the public.

The charities were nominated to win a share of £120,000 as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

Anthony Nolan, which helps to save lives by matching individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders, and Shakespeare Schools Foundation, which helps thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious (see notes for full list1), are among the local charities set to benefit from the money, following overwhelming public support in the area.

More than 120,000 people around the UK nominated a cause close to their heart, with over 5,000 charitable causes up and down the country receiving votes. The 120 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated.

The full list of the 120 charity winners is available to view online at

Thanking supporters in London, Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “Here at Ecclesiastical, our core purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, so 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 festive financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Last year, Ecclesiastical launched its second Impact Report to celebrate some of the many good causes it has helped.