Northumbria Blood Bikes has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award from Ecclesiastical Insurance Group thanks to nominations from the public.
Northumbria Blood Bikes is one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical's Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.
The money will be put it towards the ongoing operational costs and be able to keep our fleet on the road helping people across the North East of England. It will enable the charity to continue to support the NHS delivering blood or other medical items need to be delivered urgently in order to save a patient's life.
Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. Over 13,000 charities were nominated by more than 210,000 members of the public.
Kirsty Lawrence, Publicity Officer and charity Trustee, said: “Northumbria Blood Bikes exists entirely on charitable donations, over the past 18 months our fundraising opportunities have been limited with the restrictions that have been in place, yet our service has continued with additional workloads as a result of demand on the NHS. This money will be able to go towards our running costs such as paying for fuel for our vehicles enabling us to continue what we do best as a voluntary service helping to save lives. Thank you to each person who nominated us we are extremely grateful for your support.”
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, says: “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. 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. 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.”