Northumberland residents now have the chance to nominate a charity of their choice to receive £1,000.

Through the return of the Benefact Group's Movement for Good Awards for the sixth year in a row, the initiative will once again see more than £1million donated to charities across the UK and Ireland, which could 'change lives for the better'.

The Duchess's High School Trust and The Charlotte Straker Project in Corbridge are among local causes that have previously benefitted from funding thanks to public nominations.

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Mark Hews, group chief executive of Benefact Group, said: "Benefact Group is a family of award-winning specialist financial services companies and the third largest corporate donor to charity in the UK.

"Owned by a charity ourselves, charitable giving is at the heart of what we do."

He also noted that the growth of the group has a direct impact on the amount of charity they can perform. He said: "The more the Group grows, the more the Group can give."

Mr Hews also expressed enthusiasm for the amount that the group can contribute annually.

He said: "We are delighted to be able to donate over £1million to good causes each year through our Movement for Good Awards and are grateful to all our supporters, including the customers of the trusted insurer, Ecclesiastical, and the responsible and sustainable asset manager, EdenTree."

To underscore the impact these donations can have, he pointed out "that for many charities, £1,000 can make a real difference."

Northumberland residents are encouraged to nominate good causes on the Movement for Good Awards’ website.

The more nominations a charity receives, the higher its chance of selection.

Special draws will also be held for charities operating in specific sectors where they can potentially receive a £5,000 grant.

Since its inception in 2019, The Movement for Good Awards has so far donated over £5 million to various charities in the UK and Ireland.

In general, the Benefact Group, funded by EIO plc, has bequeathed more than £200 million to charitable causes since 2014.

People can nominate a charity through the Movement for Good website.