Protestant Aid has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public.

Protestant Aid is one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

These funds will assist in the fight against financial distress, an increasing problem during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 an amazing 253,879 members of the public.

Head of Charitable Service, Geoff Scargill, said that he was delighted with the number of nominations received. “We really appreciate the level of support and this grant will be used to bring some relief to Irish families in distress. Thanks are also due to Ecclesiastical for their generous 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.