7th August 2019

Bat Conservation Trust has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public.

Bat Conservation Trust 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.

This donation will help our work which is driven by our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together. We will use the funds to continue discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking practical conservation action and influencing policy to secure bat populations, inspiring and engaging people with bats and bat conservation and strengthen our work by building skills, resources, motivation and understanding.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. Bat Conservation Trust was one 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.

“We are very grateful to everyone who nominated Bat Conservation Trust for the Ecclesiastical's Movement for Good award. We rely on generosity like this to continue our work which ultimately benefits bats, other wildlife and people. Thanks for the Ecclesiastical Insurance and all our supporters for helping us in this way.” – Dr Joe Nunez-Mino (Director of Communications and Fundraising, Bat Conservation Trust)

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.”

Notes for editors

Contact details Dr Joe Nunez-Mino, Bat Conservation Trust comms@bats.org.uk

About Bat Conservation Trust (BCT)

  1. 1. BCT are the leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely. We work closely with many organisations including over 100 bat groups across the UK. Bats are unique and play a vital role in our environment but during the last century bat populations suffered severe declines. We are working to secure the future of bats in our ever changing world by tackling the threats to bats, from persecution to loss or roosts and changing land use. As the authoritative voice for bat conservation we work locally, nationally, across Europe and internationally.

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

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