SEIB Giving Virtual Awards 2020

The 2020 running of the SEIB Insurance Brokers Giving Awards will now take place online. Over £50,000 will be presented to good causes at the SEIB Giving ‘Virtual’ Awards through the company’s social media channels. Each of the 10 shortlisted charities will get their moment in the spotlight, although online, to help celebrate the tremendous work that they do.

The virtual awards will start Monday 30th March on the SEIB Insurance Brokers Facebook page and two prizes will be presented each day until the 3rd April, one at 1.00pm and the other at 1.30pm. There will be a daily draw throughout the week to determine which prizes will be presented each day. The virtual prize presentations will be accompanied by pre-recorded video footage about each charity.

Traditionally the grants presented to the winning charities at the SEIB Giving Awards had to be spent on a capital investment project. However, SEIB understands how difficult it will be for charities to operate this year and on this occasion the money may be used towards running costs to keep the charities going.

To watch – and take part in – the SEIB Virtual Giving Awards please visit www.facebook.com/seibltd. The awards will be live at 1pm and 1.30pm each day of the week commencing 30th March and we will be grateful if you could follow and share the content every day.

Watch the video below for more information.

Finalists

Ten charities have made it through to the final stage of voting in the 2020 SEIB Insurance Brokers Charity Giving Awards. £50,000 will be split between the charities.

Following nominations by the general public, SEIB customers have had the final say on how much each charity will receive of the £50,000.

The grant from SEIB must be used for a specific project which will make a difference to the good cause and help with their charitable efforts. The 10 finalists in the 2020 SEIB Charity Awards have already supplied detailed plans for their project and have had to meet a stringent process of due-diligence. All charities are to be UK registered and the projects must be UK based, past winners are not eligible for the major sums on offer.

Watch the video below for more information on the finalists.

 

The ten finalist charities and their projects for 2020 are:

Bransby Horses – Keeping horses safe. Following devastating flooding, Bransby needs to adjust by moving 59 horses to a new site. The SEIB grant would help purchase an all-terrain-vehicle and a mobile stable unit for the new site.

Doris Banham Dog Rescue – Thermal kennels to give pound dogs their last chance to live. The SEIB grant would finance the build of a block of 10 thermal kennels to give a final chance for dogs due for euthanasia who have been abandoned at council pounds or brought in to be put to sleep at veterinary surgeries.

Gaddesden Place RDA – Mechanical horse for physical and psychological therapy. The purchase of the mechanical horse with the SEIB grant money would increase the number of riders participating in a beneficial RDA activity without needing more ponies or grazing.

Hope Pastures – A centre of excellence for laminitis prevention and recovery. The SEIB grant would be used to create a dedicated unit to show-case best practice for laminitis in a practical way and pass on expertise to others.

Hope Rescue – Sensory garden project. The garden is planned to help rescue dogs and volunteers to get out and play and interact with one another. The SEIB grant would be used to purchase fencing for the garden.

Once Upon A Smile – Facilities to provide emotional support to bereaved families.  The SEIB grant would be used for the charity’s new Sidley House. It would finance lego therapy, new flooring, a sound proof room and to update the toilet facilities.

Redwings – Purpose built donkey barn. The existing donkey barn at Redwings is 30 years old and set for demolition. The SEIB Grant would be used for a new donkey facility to support the health and welfare needs of the donkeys.

South Essex Wildlife Hospital – Wildlife rehabilitation unit. The hospital sees around 10,000 animals each year and aims to provide a specialist facility for an increasing number of sick, orphaned and injured wildlife.

The Flicka Foundation – Vital donkey transport vehicle. The charity’s current vehicle has high mileage, is unreliable and costly to repair. The SEIB grant would be used to purchase a second-hand, custom converted horse lorry.

The Horse Trust – Multi use large animal rescue education unit. The charity currently delivers award-winning training for emergency responders, providing them with the skills needed to deal with horses during frightening and life-threatening situations. The new unit would allow for courses to be delivered across the country.

View their full proposals by clicking on the logos

Learn how World Horse Welfare used their 2019 grant in the video below

 

About SEIB

SEIB Insurance Brokers are specialists in equestrian insurancefuneral directors insurance, private hire insurance and also provide charity insurance for many of the UKs leading animal welfare charities.

We are able to provide flexible policies to suit individual client needs and provide advice on what cover is needed. For more information call the team on 01708 850 000.

SEIB Giving 2019 winners

SEIB granted a total of £100,000 to charity at the second SEIB Insurance Brokers Charity Awards luncheon at the Grange City Hotel, London on the 22nd March. Our 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 us between them.

SEIB’s customers had the final say and voted for these projects. 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.

Barry Fehler said: “We are delighted that our customers have decided which of these very worthy causes should receive the grant. 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”.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary took the runner-up grant of £15,000 for their Horse Hospital Treatment Room project and the smallest charity of the finalists.

Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming Charitable Trust took £10,000 for third place back to South Wales for their Every Life is Precious project.

In fourth place was the Animal Health Trust, who were awarded a grant of £5,000 for the Digital X-Ray Appeal which could help diagnose new orthopaedic conditions.

Manchester based, Once Upon a Smile, received the SEIB Small Charity Award. This resulted in a grant of £10,000 for their project, Help Bereaved Families Rebuild Their Lives. Once Upon a Smile offers financial support and respite breaks to bereaved families.

The other finalist charities, each receiving a grant of £2,000 each are; Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare, Lindsey Lodge Hospice, James Hopkins Trust, Wildlife Aid Foundation and the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.