SEIB Insurance Brokers grants £100,000 to charities
SEIB Insurance Brokers granted a total of £100,000 to charity at its Charity Awards luncheon on 22 March. SEIB’s Chief Executive Officer, Barry Fehler presented a cheque for £50,000 and a commemorative plaque to Roly Owers and Emma Williams of the winning charity, World Horse Welfare. Nine other charities reached the final voting stage of the SEIB Charity Awards and received a further £50,000 from SEIB between them.
Barry Fehler said, “I have been at the helm of SEIB for over 50 years and it is with great pride that we are able to make these grants totalling £100,000 to projects voted for by our clients. I am delighted that since last year, with the support of our owners Ecclesiastical, we have been able to double the sum granted by SEIB to charity.”
The SEIB Charity Awards have strict entry criteria; only small and medium charities are eligible and the grant has to be awarded for a specific project. This is to ensure that the money granted will really make a difference. The winning project for World Horse Welfare was for vital new equipment, including a new tractor and trailer and a drone with a hi-res camera to help locate horses in need of help in hard to reach locations.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary took the runner-up grant of £15,000 for its Horse Hospital Treatment Room project and the smallest charity of the finalists, the Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming Charitable Trust, took £10,000 for third place for its Every Life is Precious project. In fourth place was the Animal Health Trust, which was awarded a grant of £5,000 for the Digital X-Ray Appeal which could help diagnose new orthopaedic conditions.
Barry Fehler continued, “We are delighted that our customers have decided which of these very worthy causes should receive the grant. SEIB is so successful because we are totally customer focussed and this is another way that our clients can have their say. Each of the charities that reached the final judging had important projects that would really make a difference to the areas within which they operate and that was our aim when we set up this initiative.”
The other finalist charities, each receiving a grant of £2,000 each were; Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare, Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Once Upon A Smile (also awarded £10,000 for winning Best Small Charity), James Hopkins Trust, Wildlife Aid Foundation and the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.
Featured image: SEIB Insurance Brokers CEO, Barry Fehler and directors, Suzy Middleton and Bipin Thaker present the SEIB £50K for Charity cheque to Roly Owers and Emma Williams of World Horse Welfare.