Ford Forward wins £1,000 Movement for Good award

Ford Forward Community Chaplaincy has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public

Ford Forward was nominated to win a £1,000 boost as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

The award will fund the recruitment and training of volunteer mentors and befrienders to engage with an increasing number of prisoners who are expressing the need for support as their release dates draw near. 

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. Ford Forward was one of more than 7,000 charities which were nominated by an amazing 98,000 members of the public to be in for a chance to win a financial boost.

Andy Kerr, Chairman of the Trustees, said “We are absolutely delighted to have won the award, which will enable us to expand our ability to meet the support needs of more of those individuals leaving prison from HMP Ford and other prisons releasing men and women into West Sussex. We are grateful to those who nominated us and, of course, Ecclesiastical for their generous support.”

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said:  “As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, 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 financial boost will change lives for the better.”

About Ecclesiastical

  1. Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of the faith, heritage, fine art, charities, education and private client sectors
  2. Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top five company givers to charity according to the 2017-18 UK Guide to Company Giving. After donating £50m to charity in three years, Ecclesiastical launched a bold vision in 2016 to raise £100m for good causes by the end of 2020. In August 2018, the Group announced it had already raised £50million towards its target. Find out more at www.ecclesiastical.com/ourstory

About the Movement for Good awards

  1. Ecclesiastical has launched a new £1million giving programme, called the Movement for Good awards which will help charities change lives for the better. 500 charities will receive £1,000 and 10 charities will receive £50,000 aimed at supporting innovation in the sector
  2. The £1,000 awards launch on 23 April and is open to all UK-registered charities. The £50,000 awards are open to all UK-registered charities with an income of less than £5m, which support the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. For more information visit www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good