Dumfries and Galloway based Sports Driving Unlimited (SDU) is one of 120 winning charities to receive an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation as part of Benefact Group’s seventh annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.
Members of the public were invited to nominate a charity to win a share of £120,000 and SDU was amongst the winners which were drawn at random.
SDU will use the donation to fund pony driving session for over 40 disabled people, many of whom are training for both winter and summer competitions in the New Year.
“We are so grateful to receive these funds” says SDU’s chairperson, Brenda Hodgson, “and of course to all our supporters who nominated us for this award. SDU currently provides pony driving for over 200 disabled each year. The donation from Movement for Good and Benefact Group will contribute to giving joy and excitement to many disabled people and give them a challenging fun experience to enjoy.”
Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “We know that charities are struggling, and for many, the festive season is a critical time. We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a cause close to their hearts as part of our annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign. Benefact Group is the third largest corporate donor in the UK and has an ambition to be the biggest. Owned by a charity, Benefact Trust, all of its available profits go to good causes, and the more the Group grows, the more the Group can give. 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 festive financial boost will change lives for the better.”
Benefact Group has donated over £200million to over 10,000 charitable causes since 2014. The organisation aims to reach £250million in donations by 2025.
Earlier this year, 300 £1,000 awards were donated followed by £480,000 of larger grants in October. Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group.