Kind-hearted Ian forges ahead with donation

Home insurance competition winner Ian Evans kindly decided to hand over a £500 prize to a fantastic Scunthorpe-based organisation, The Forge Project.

Dr Evans, 67, scooped the money after taking a no obligation home insurance quote as part of our quest to help people protect their prized possessions by giving away £4,000 to eight winners throughout the month of June 2017.

And in what was a ‘win-win’ for The Forge Project, the retired consultant paediatrician’s kind-hearted gesture coincidentally came hot-on-the-heels of the project being informed that they are about to receive a £3,000 Grants for Good from The Nottingham too!

The project helps vulnerable people who find themselves on the fringes of society and who are often homeless. They frequently have chaotic lives and The Forge supports them, alongside housing professionals and the probation service.

Dr Evans, who lives in Scunthorpe and has been a trustee of the project for the last few years, said: “My wife Mary and I were delighted to find out that we had won £500 - for simply visiting The Nottingham online and taking out a no obligation home insurance quote.

“We sat down and talked about it and it didn’t take us long to decide that The Forge Project is a much more deserving recipient of the money than we are and to donate it to them.

“We first became involved with The Forge a few years ago when we read in the paper that it may have to close due to a withdrawal of funding and we are proud to have been connected to it ever since. It’s a wonderful organisation that supports and empowers people who have very little to live on and often no voice and who deserve to be treated much better by society.

“It’s a great coincidence that we won this money around the same time The Forge were informed they had been awarded the Grant for Good. I myself filled in the nomination - the first time I’d ever done anything like that - at the Scunthorpe branch of The Nottingham and it is very pleasing that it was successful.

“The sum of £3,500 is hugely significant to The Forge and is money that will be used to help better the lives of many people in Scunthorpe.”

The monetary side of things won’t be our only involvement with the project as we look to support it on an ongoing basis. Now that working relationships have been ‘forged’, the Scunthorpe branch is looking to help in a number of ways - including becoming a food collection point.

Launched in 2011, the society’s Grants for Good scheme offers support to projects that help communities prosper under the core themes of employability, education, financial literacy and homelessness.

This year over £35,000 is to be awarded to 14 community projects across The Nottingham’s heartland. They will receive their cheques at a ceremony in early July.

Ian watches on as wife Mary receives a cheque for £500 from Scunthorpe branch customer reviewer Tracey Nightingale

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