The 2017 Pennies from Heaven Awards announced.


We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Pennies from Heaven Awards. We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and are pleased to see more employers have gained Gold and Platinum Awards than in any other year. One in six Award winners have over 40% of staff donating the pennies from their pay, a level not recognised by any other awards Programme.

Pensioner participation in the scheme continues to grow and this year Molins PLC have received their first Gold Award with 20% of pensioners taking part. West Bromwich Building Society and the Borough of Poole also collected Gold Awards for the first time with employee sign up over 20%.

We are very pleased to see that staff participation in the Pennies from Heaven scheme has risen from 15% to 21% in the last 12 months and are equally as pleased to be receiving our first Gold Award. We have made it very easy to sign up to the scheme by including Pennies from Heaven in our new online benefits platform. Staff are now able to join the scheme when selecting their benefits package or at any time during the year.” Louise Guirron. Benefits Manager – Europe. National Oilwell Varco UK Limited.

This year Pennies from Heaven are also giving an Acorn Award for the first time – this is a commitment to nurture an employer in 2017 to really raise the number of staff donating through the scheme. We are pleased to say that this employer is North East London NHS Foundation Trust and we very much look forward to working with them in the coming months.

“The Pennies from Heaven scheme is a wonderfully simple yet powerful way for people to show their support for a vital cause. In effect, you make a difference without noticing the difference.  And once it’s drawn to people’s attention, they wonder why they never thought of doing so before.  That was shown when, with a deliberate campaign at the West Brom Building Society, we really boosted our contribution through Pennies from Heaven to our chosen charity for the year.” Jim King. Communications Manager. Marketing and E-Commerce. the West Brom

Pennies from Heaven continues to grow in popularity with a 26% increase in donations in the past two years. 2016 saw many new employers joining the scheme such as Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Bournemouth Borough Council, Harvey Nichols, HSS Hire, Scottish Power, The University of Essex and Welsh Ambulance Service. Money raised by the scheme also benefited 50 new charities in the year – who pay nothing to receive the donations.

A full list of the 2017 Award Winners is listed below.

2017 Platinum Award Winners (in alphabetical order)

  • B. Braun Medical Ltd
  • Crédit Agricole CIB
  • LV=
  • Motor Insurers’ Bureau
  • The Bank of England (staff)
  • VocaLink Limited

2017 Gold Award Winners (in alphabetical order)

  • Ageas (UK) Limited
  • Barclays Bank PLC (staff)
  • Borough of Poole
  • Capital One
  • Christchurch Borough Council
  • East Dorset District Council
  • Lifetime Training
  • Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mencap
  • Molins PLC (pensioners)
  • National Oilwell Varco
  • NFU Mutual
  • Shoosmiths LLP
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Warwickshire County Council (staff)
  • West Bromwich Building Society

2017 Silver Award Winners (in alphabetical order)

  • Financial Ombudsman Service
  • The Rank Group PLC

2017 Bronze Award Winners (in alphabetical order)

  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Clifford Chance
  • HSBC
  • Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Bank of England (pensioners)
  • Warwickshire County Council (pensioners)

2017 Acorn Award

  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust

We would like to thank all of our members for your invaluable continued support – without you there would be no Pennies from Heaven.

Participation calculated using three month average on last three donation payments paid to charities in 2016. If less than three payments received than 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