Heart of Kent Hospice was nominated to win a £1,000 boost as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical's Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

The Hospice, which receives less than 20% of its income from the government, relies on the generosity of its loyal supporters to help raise £4 out of every £5 it spends caring for terminally ill patients.

Currently caring for over 700 patients and their families in the Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling area, the Hospice was delighted when members of the public were invited to nominate charities close to their hearts. Heart of Kent Hospice was one of more than 7,000 charities which were nominated by an amazing 98,000 people, as with 500 gifts of £1,000 were available for donation.

Director of Income Generation Ann-Marie Kelly explains, “Every donation makes a difference to our patients and their families and this award is made all the more special because of the time our supporters have taken to vote for us.”

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Ecclesiastical, said:  “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.”

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