SIX North-East charities have received a much-needed financial boost following nominations from the public.

Funded from the Movement For Good awards, which was set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, each nominated charity received £1,000 each.

The chosen charities in County Durham and Teesside join more than 500 other charities across the country, who have benefitted from Ecclesiastical's scheme.

Winning the cash, The Breast Cancer Survival Trust in Seaham, Cleveland Independent Theatre Company in Darlington, Real Care Limited in Durham city, Waldridge Millennium Green Trust in Chester-le-Street, Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group and the Teesside Vineyard Church based in Stockton were given the cash-boost following what the body called 'overwhelming public support'.

The Movement For Good awards is part-funded by more than 100,000 people who nominate their preferred causes.

Staggeringly, around £1 million is expected to be handed to charities across the UK over the summer season.

Mark Hews, group chief executive officer of Ecclesiastical, said: “We have seen a fantastic public response to our Movement for Good awards.

"It’s clear that people care deeply about good causes in their region, and from looking at the nomination data locally, community projects and healthcare organisations seemed to hold a particularly fond place in the hearts of residents.

“Here at Ecclesiastical, our core purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, so charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Later this year, a further ten charities will be chosen by a panel of judges to receive £50,000 from the insurer.

This fund will go towards the 'advancement' of education, skills, arts, culture, heritage, citizenship and community development.

On Monday, June 17, Ecclesiastical will open applications for charities to apply for the grant, before the successful charities will be announced from Monday, September 30.

Last month, the insurer held a major fire meeting in North Yorkshire. On May 21, representatives churches from across the North of England met at Ripon Cathedral to discuss the risks of fire, following the fire of Notre Dame.

At the time, Ecclesiastical church risk specialist Claire Attenborough said: "Helping our customers reduce their fire and security risk is a fundamental part of our business – as we saw at Notre Dame a major fire at a cathedral or greater church would be a huge loss, so anything we can do to help protect these buildings is important.”