£1,000 award for The Customs House

Published: 3 June 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Movement for Good Awards
Ray Spencer

South Shields’ Customs House has won a £1,000 Movement for Good Award from specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, which is giving £1 million to charities this summer.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. 13,695 charities were nominated by 253,879 members of the public and The Customs House Trust, a charity which provides education projects, nurtures new creative talent and maintains the Grade II listed building in which the theatre, cinema and restaurant are situated, has received one of those donations.

Customs House Executive Director Ray Spencer is delighted so many supporters got on board to nominate and help secure the award.

“Thank you Ecclesiastical!” he said. “In these dark days, this is a real fillip to our work and will help us to give opportunity to even more young people to be the best that they can be!

“And thank you to everyone who nominated The Customs House Charity for this award.”

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said, “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 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.”