World Horse Welfare scoop £50,000 top prize at SEIB Charity Awards

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SEIB Insurance Brokers has granted a total of £100,000 to charity at their Charity Awards luncheon held at the Grange City Hotel, London on 22 March.

Barry Fehler, SEIB’s chief executive officer, presented the £50,000 cheque 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 between them. 

Barry said: “I have been at the helm of SEIB for over 50 years and it is with great pride that we are able to make these grants totalling £100,000 to projects voted for by our clients. I am delighted that since last year, with the support of our owners Ecclesiastical, we have been able to double the sum granted by SEIB to charity.”

World Horse Welfare plan to put the money towards 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.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary took the runner-up grant of £15,000 to go towards their new horse hospital treatment room and the Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming Charitable Trust, the smallest charity of the finalists, got £10,000. The Animal Health Trust were awarded a grant of £5,000 for a digital x-ray to could help diagnose new orthopaedic conditions. 

Over 1,000 small to medium sized charities were nominated by over 22,000 public votes in the first stage. From these charities, a shortlist of finalists were selected and invited to submit detailed plans. Following this, SEIB customers placed nearly 2,000 votes to decide on the recipient of the £50,000 grant and the runners up. 

Barry continued: “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.” 

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