Staff at Gloucester-based Ecclesiastical Insurance have voted The Nelson Trust as their charity partner. It’s the perfect match. By working with The Nelson Trust, Ecclesiastical will be combining two goals: to preserve heritage; and to protect the vulnerable. For clients in rehab after years of addiction, The Nelson Trust Treatment Centre is a very special place for healing. But there’s one problem - it’s a listed building in need of TLC. Help is at hand from Ecclesiastical’s army of volunteers. They will transform the Centre from the inside out and even give the stunning hillside garden a makeover. Plans by garden designer and historian Marion Mako are now set to become a reality. Alongside its charity business, Ecclesiastical is well known for its specialist cover for historic buildings and heritage properties and can draw upon its expertise in this area to help plan and deliver the project.
Ecclesiastical employs over 500 staff in Gloucester. Their HQ is just down the road from The Nelson Trust’s award-winning Women’s Centre in Brunswick Square. This is a very special place for women affected by addiction, trauma, abuse and mental health problems. Already, Ecclesiastical staff have made a huge difference with a massive donation of £3,300, as well as toys and clothes for the women and their children who visit the centre.
On top of this, they recently sent a team of eight volunteers to give our Swindon Women’s Centre a ‘top-to-toe’ refurbishment. Many hands made light work when they painted, decorated and cleaned the centre, all ready for a high profile open day with The Howard League for Penal Reform.
However, it is not just the physical and practical help that Ecclesiastical can bring to the Trust.
The partnership will also see staff use their skills to support the charity, with professional help being offered across a wide variety of topics. So far the charity has received help with risk management, health and safety and project management, as well as having a working session with some of Ecclesiastical’s specialist underwriters.
Chris Pitt, Group CR Manager for Ecclesiastical, explained: “The Nelson Trust is the perfect partner. The knowledge and expertise we have in house will be of real value to the Trust and its staff – we can make a big difference through some exciting projects, and our people will benefit a huge amount too.”
John Trolan, CEO at the Nelson Trust, said: “We are so pleased that Ecclesiastical is partnering with us. They can help us in so many ways and the staff have been great – both in terms of the expertise they can offer and in rolling their sleeves up to get their hands dirty.”