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27 Gloucestershire good causes benefit from 12 Days of Giving

Ecclesiastical's 12 Days of Giving campaign has given a £27,000 boost to a range of good causes throughout Gloucestershire.

Milestone School pupils will benefit from new specialist outdoor play equipment, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway will be able to buy parts to restore a 1918 steam locomotive and Gloucester Scouts will use the money towards upgrading their scout headquarters. The full list of Gloucestershire grant recipients is below.

Milestone, which has 310 pupils aged two to 16 with severe or profound learning and physical disabilities, was one of 27 good causes in Gloucestershire to receive a grant as part of the campaign, which saw the Gloucester-based specialist insurer hand out 130 £1,000 grants to 130 charities over 12 days to celebrate its 130th anniversary year. Some 23,000 nominations were received for more than 3,000 charities.

"I was absolutely thrilled to be named the 130th charity to benefit from the 130 years celebrations of Ecclesiastical," said Milestone School headteacher, Lyn Dance.

"Our pupils require specialist equipment and activities that we are often unable to provide from our limited budget and this £1,000 will buy outdoor play and learning equipment that will help us encourage pupils to get outside, be active and expand their horizons."

The Gloucester Furniture Recycling Project will use its £1,000 grant to support its volunteers. Dereck Eley, Operations Manager for the Furniture Recycling Project, said: "This grant from Ecclesiastical will ensure that each volunteer has the safety clothes, training and tailored support they need to learn new skills and grow in confidence."

At the Dean Forest Hospice, the money will give patients a full day of pampering, as well as funding nutritionally balanced lunches, counselling/bereavement sessions, day care and complementary therapy.

Chris Pitt (pictured right), corporate responsibility manager at Ecclesiastical Insurance, said: "It is fantastic to hear such wonderful stories about the positive difference that the money we have given is making, not only in Gloucestershire but throughout the UK and far beyond. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, this makes us very proud.

"The 12 Days of Giving campaign has enabled us to give a boost to 130 charities, helping a vast range of causes, from funding heat pads to keep hedgehogs warm, and cardiac nurses and a dietician to staff a cholesterol helpline to helping a telephone befriending service for isolated carers and providing formula milk for orphaned babies in Tanzania."

Full list of Gloucestershire charities that received a 12 Days of Giving grant:

Philomusica

Age Concern Forest of Dean

Kemerton Conservation Trust

Vale Wildlife Rescue

Teckels Animal Sanctuary

Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue

Footsteps Counselling and Care

National Star College

The Kitty Barron Group - RDA

Hope for tomorrow

Youth @ Heart

Home Start Stroud District

Dean Forest Hospice

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust

Sue Ryder

New Start Cat Rescue

Caring for Communities and People (CCP)

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust

Headway Glos

Scouts Gloucester

Furniture Recycling Project

GL11 Community Hub

Friends of Barnwood School

Bulgarian British Foundation St George

Friends of Chesterton School

St Rose's School in Stroud

Friends of Milestone School

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