SEIB Insurance Brokers to give £50K to charity

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 at the SEIB Charity Awards Luncheon at the Leonardo Royal London City Hotel on Friday 20th March 2020.

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.

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.

Always known for ‘putting something back’, SEIB is a commercial business with a charitable purpose. The company insures numerous charities and not for profit organisations. SEIB is an independent broker but is ultimately owned by a charity called the Allchurches Trust Limited and profits are used for good causes.

To find out more about each of the finalists and their projects please visit:


Photo:  SEIB Insurance Brokers CEO, Barry Fehler and directors, Suzy Middleton and Bipin Thaker present the 2019 SEIB charity cheque to Roly Owers and Emma Williams of World Horse Welfare.

Credit – Trevor Meeks