The Winners are announced!

We are very pleased to announce the Pennies from Heaven 2018 Award winners. Once again we have been overwhelmed with the number of entries and are excited to be giving out more Awards than ever before. The Pennies from Heaven Awards are given every year to celebrate fundraising excellence and is our way of endorsing organisations that not only support charitable giving in the workplace but do so exceptionally well.

This year we are giving out 35 Pennies from Heaven Awards which is the most in six years of running the Awards.  We are pleased to say that six employers received a Platinum Award with over 40% of staff/pensioners participating and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust topped the table with an amazing 83% of staff taking part. The benchmarks to reach to gain a Pennies from Heaven Award remain high with Bronze starting at 10% and the Platinum Award, at 40%+ participation, is the highest of any Fundraising recognition scheme.

“We are delighted to win another Pennies from Heaven Award and to see that 83% of our staff are donating their pennies every month is fantastic. We run the scheme as an opt out approach which has been received favourably with staff and indeed those that did choose to opt out we contacted and asked them to reconsider – as a result most opted in. We raise around £550 a month through the scheme which supports the Trusts General Purpose Fund enabling us to continue such vital programmes as the Volunteer Project. This not only provides additional support for the hospital, but also provides work experience and placements for members of the community with additional needs.”
Michelle Turner MCIPD – Director of Workforce & Marketing. Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2017 many new employers launched Pennies from Heaven and we are delighted to see three of them already receiving Awards. The Phoenix Group and HSS Hire have both received a Gold Award and Amcor Plastics have received a well-deserved Bronze Award.

“Playing our part to help charitable causes across the UK and Ireland is incredibly important to us at HSS Hire Group, so we are delighted to receive the Gold Award this year. Pennies from Heaven represents a no fuss way for our colleagues to give back, and we’re incredibly proud that more colleagues than ever have chosen to take part and do their bit to help some important charities. We are committed to making a positive impact in all the communities we work in, and the Pennies from Heaven initiative plays a key part in this. We look forward to seeing even more colleagues join the scheme over the next year!”
Kimberley Sanger, Reward, Human Resources. HSS Hire.

Our University members have also made great gains in the past year following strong promotions. Cardiff Metropolitan University have received a Gold Award a step change from the Bronze Award they achieved in 2017 and the University of Essex have taken their first Silver Award.

“Winning the Bronze Pennies from Heaven Award in 2017 gave us a real boost in sign-ups. We refreshed all our internal comms to highlight the Award, thanking staff for their donations and highlighting how they were making a difference. It looks like that encouraged other members of staff to sign up as this year we have won a Gold Award – I hope this has the same impact.”
Rachel Thomas. Cardiff Metropolitan University

“I’ve been really pleased with our pennies scheme, and in all honesty think it’s a no-brainer for any business to participate in. It’s so simple to setup, we just added a bolt-on to our existing payroll software and we were away. The beauty of it is it creates parity amongst our donors – whether you are the top of the company or just starting out, your contribution to the scheme is worth the same.”
James Martin. Senior Philanthropy Officer. University of Essex

This was also the case for the Royal College of Nursing who have received a Silver Award for the first time:

“We find Pennies from Heaven extremely easy to run and staff are very happy to have the chance to support the RCN Foundations easily and with minimal bureaucracy. The main promotion we do is with new starters who are sent details of Pennies from Heaven when they join. It means new starters can set up their donation at the same time they are giving us all their other details for payroll – so it’s quick, easy and not really any extra work when they are already filling in forms for us.”
Andrew West. Human Resources Manager. Royal College of Nursing

We are also presenting a Special Recognition Award to Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust whom have worked incredibly hard to raise the profile of the scheme amongst their staff. Donations have more than doubled in the last twelve months and we very much hope to see this continue in 2018.

“I am really pleased to see that so many employers have embraced the scheme so well and achieved significant numbers of staff signing up. If we can encourage employees to each do something small then collectively the organisation can make a real difference to charities that matter to them. Our goal is to inspire all employers to run Pennies from Heaven and I hope that the success of our Award winners encourages more organisations to launch the scheme. Congratulations to all of you.”
Kate Frost. CEO. Pennies from Heaven .

Of course, the real winners of Pennies from Heaven are the charities themselves and to date the scheme has generated over £4m for over 200 charities – there can be little doubt that ‘small change is making a big change.’

2018 Award Winners (all in alphabetical order):

Platinum Award (40%+ participation):

  • B Braun Medical Limited
  • Bank of England Staff
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • LV=
  • Motor Insurers’ Bureau
  • VocaLink Limited

Gold Award (20%+ participation):

  • Barclays Bank plc
  • Borough of Poole
  • Capital One Bank (Europe) plc
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Christchurch Borough Council
  • East Dorset District Council
  • HSS Hire
  • Lifetime Limited
  • Molins UK Pension Fund Trustee Limited
  • National Oilwell Varco UK Limited
  • Royal Mencap Society
  • Shoosmiths LLP
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Phoenix Group
  • Warwickshire County Council (staff)

Silver Award (15%+ participation):

  • Ageas
  • Financial Ombudsman Service
  • NFU Mutual
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • The Rank Group PLC
  • University of Essex
  • West Bromwich Building Society

Bronze Award (10%+ participation):

  • Amcor Flexibles UK Ltd
  • Bank of England Pensioners
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Warwickshire County Council (pensioners)

Special Recognition Award:

  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust



*Participation calculated using the three month donation average on last three donation payments paid to charities in 2017. If less than three payments received then average calculated from those. It is assumed a 50p average donation per month per employee. Entry into Awards only where employers provide Pennies from Heaven with staff numbers.