Annual Charity Award 2021: The results are in!

Posted by / May 18, 2021

The premise of our Annual Charity Award is simple. We donate £1,000 each to four charities, as voted for by PG Mutual policyholders and the wider public. Here are the results from our inaugural event, with some comments from the winning charities.

Why we launched the Annual Charity Award

From mental health to food poverty, PG Mutual has always supported a wide range of charitable causes. But with so many invaluable charities out there, deciding who to donate to each year is, frankly, a difficult task.

To make those difficult choices more democratic, we have launched an Annual Charity Award. The way it works is simple. After shortlisting a number of charities whose cause has particularly resonated with us, we give PG Mutual policyholders and the wider public the chance to vote on the charities we donate to.

Once voting closes, the four charities with the highest number of votes each receive £1,000.

The results of our 2021 award

Our inaugural award received a lot of interest – and we are grateful to everyone who voted and shared details of our award on social media. The four charities with the highest number of votes were:

The Alzheimer’s Society

Charity #1: Shelter

“On behalf of the whole team at Shelter, thank you so much for the incredibly generous donation. Your support will make a real difference to those suffering with bad housing and homelessness in the UK.

“Shelter helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.”

– Claudia, Corporate Team, Shelter

Charity #2: The Alzheimer’s Society

“You’re incredible and your generous gift of £1,000 is already making a difference. People living with dementia need our help now more than ever before. Thanks to people like you, Alzheimer’s Society can ensure that they receive the guidance and reassurance they need, while also supporting the amazing carers, family and friends affected by dementia. With continued support we will make even greater progress towards our vision of a world without dementia.”

– All of us at The Alzheimer’s Society

Charity #3: FareShare

“Amazing to hear that you selected us as one of the charities to support. We believe that no good food should go to waste. We redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals. We are doers. We change lives. FareShare has 25 years’ experience working with the food industry to get good quality surplus onto the plates of vulnerable people.”

– Luke Wiechula, Corporate and Community Partnerships, FareShare

Charity #4: Young Minds

“Thank you so much for your donation of £1,000 – we were delighted to receive it!

“We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties. We couldn’t do any of this without the help of individuals and companies such as yourselves – on behalf of everyone at YoungMinds and the children, young people and families we work with, thank you.”

Zeinab, Corporate Fundraising Team, YoungMinds

We’re supporting the Woodland Trust too!

This year we are also supporting the fine work of the Woodland Trust. Each time a new member joins us in 2021 we will make a donation to help support the Woodland Trust, who care for more than 1,000 woods across the UK. How’s that for frondescent benevolence?

“Thank you very much for your support of the Woodland Trust. Your generous gift is very greatly appreciated. Your money will be used to continue to protect the UK’s native and ancient woodland, which is under considerable threat.”

– The Partnership Team, Woodland Trust

Watch out for the Annual Charity Awards 2022

We’ll be running another Annual Charity Award in 2022. Stay tuned for your opportunity to vote later in 2021. In the meantime, you can monitor the progress of our corporate and social responsibility efforts at Because planet-positive projects are worth talking about.

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