SOLIHULL-based The Lily Mae Foundation is one of ten charities to receive £50,000 as part of Ecclesiastical Insurance’s Movement for Good awards.
The awards, set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, have seen a total of £1million given to charities across the UK this summer. 500 charities have already been awarded donations of £1,000 and now 10 charitable organisations will benefit from £50,000 grants.
The Lily Mae Foundation, which provides bereavement support for families who have lost a baby in the West Midlands, was one of 10 charities selected from more than 1,000 entries.
The fund will allow the charity to enhance its Baby Loss Support Service, a project that will increase resources to support more bereaved families over the next three years.
Each of the £50,000 awards is designed to support the advancement of education, skills, arts, culture and heritage, as well as citizenship or community development. Applications were assessed against four key areas; impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.
Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said: “Our Movement for Good awards have been met with an overwhelming response.
“A huge number of charities have submitted projects for the £50,000 grant and it’s clear that charitable organisations are in need of support now more than ever. We believe this financial boost will create long-lasting improvements for communities and support charity workers during what is an incredibly testing time for many.
“Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services group. Owned by a charity, its core purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society.”
Ryan Jackson, founder and managing director at The Lily Mae Foundation, added: “We were pretty blown away when we were told we were fortunate enough to be one of the winners.
“The project the money will go towards is a unique one-to-one baby loss support service.
“Anyone can go and receive generic counselling but the one big difference between that service and us is that we can guarantee the support we offer is delivered by someone who has experienced the same type of loss.
“For those bereaved parents who have sadly lost a baby, having a service like this is a lifeline.
“We plan on using the money to bring in other bereavement support workers so we can offer more appointments for our service.”
The full list of 10 winning charities:
Breast Cancer UK Limited – Digital Learning to Prevent Breast Cancer
Shared Lives Plus Limited – Developing Homeshare in Scotland
Tastelife UK – Youth Track Development
Power2 – Teens and Toddlers
The Challenger Trust – My Journey: Challenger Trust in Birmingham Schools
The Lily Mae Foundation – Baby Loss Support Service Enhancement
The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust – Project Langley
Thomas’s Fund – Kettering General Hospital, Pen Green Children’s Centre and Community & Family Connections scheme
Parents Plus Company Limited by Guarantee – Transforming Intellectual Disability Services across the U.K. and Ireland with The Parents Plus Special Needs programme
Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues – Resilient Active Youth