A new study of over 30,000 charity supporters has revealed Somerset is among the most kind-hearted counties in the UK.

Data released today from Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards has revealed that more than 500 residents have so far pledged their support to a charity that is ‘close to their heart’.

Animal welfare is the issue they care most about, with community groups and healthcare completing the top three most popular charity sectors in the county.

While young people in the county favour charitable organisations focused on animals, over 55s are biggest supporters of the community.

People aged 46 – 55 are more likely to support a charity than any other age group within the region.

The Movement for Good awards from Ecclesiastical Insurance will see a total of £1million given to charities this summer. Members of the public can nominate a cause for a potential £1,000 award.

More than 20 local charities now stand a chance to receive one of these £1,000 grants via nominations from kind-hearted Somerset supporters.

The data has been taken from public nominations made in the weeks since the campaign launched.

It shows that people living in the South East1 are the most supportive of charitable organisations in the UK.

Thanking supporters in Somerset, Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said: “We have seen a fantastic response to our Movement for Good awards so far. With nominations still open we hope many more charities are put forward for a potential £1,000 award, which we know can make a huge difference to the work that charities do.”

“So far the bulk of the nominations have been made in the South of England and by over 35s. We want to urge people in the North, and younger generations across the UK, to also get involved and nominate a cause close to their hearts.”

Winners will be drawn at random and the more times a charity is nominated the more chance it has of being selected. It’s quick and easy to nominate, you can vote for your favourite charity online at: www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good