Benefact Group’s owner Benefact Trust responds to earthquake appeal with £250,000 donation

Benefact Group’s charitable owner, Benefact Trust, has announced £250,000 of funding to help the humanitarian crisis in Turkey and Syria.

Tens of thousands of people have died in the devastating earthquakes with many more injured and survivors struggling to cope with a lack of food, water and shelter in freezing cold conditions.

The Benefact family of businesses, including Ecclesiastical Insurance and EdenTree Investments is funding vital work being carried out by aid organisations in the region, as part of the international crisis response.

Benefact Trust is donating £250,000 to two charities working on the frontline in Turkey and Syria:

  • £125,000 to British Red Cross which is supporting with search and rescue, first aid, provision of blankets, tents and food supplies
  • £125,000 to World Vision a global charity that focuses its work on supporting children affected by disasters and is providing emergency shelter, food supplies, and medical essentials on the front line

Benefact Group is also pledging to triple all employee giving to any charity supporting the response to the earthquakes, including personal grants, fundraising activity and salary donations.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “The scale of the devastation and loss of life caused by the earthquakes is utterly heart-breaking to see.

“The swift and coordinated efforts of the relief agencies to support those affected is remarkable and shows what can be done when good people come together to help those in need..

“The international community has rallied around and I know that members of the Benefact family will want to contribute to the cause too. Along with our owners Benefact Trust we’re providing funding to give immediate support to two of the charities working hard to provide that vital aid.”

These grants are possible because of the Trust’s charitable ownership of the Benefact Group, a unique family of financial services businesses, which gives all its available profits to charities and good causes.
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