Parachuting teddies, a Poldark evening and sheep racing are just a few of the entries highlighting the creativity and broad-appeal in church insurer Ecclesiastical and Church Times’ Church Fundraising Idea of the Year Competition 2015. The nation-wide competition sets out to reward the best initiatives that have helped churches and other places of worship to raise much needed money to support their activities, building works, maintenance, etc. The top prize is £10,000, with five runner-up prizes of £2,000.

Michael Angell, Church Operations Director at Ecclesiastical said: “We are really delighted that together with the Church Times, Ecclesiastical has found an innovative and practical way to help the Christian church community raise much needed funds.  The competition is yet another example of how Ecclesiastical is different from other general commercial insurers, offering much more than just an insurance policy. We want to recognise the creativity and hard work demonstrated by communities in supporting their churches and share their fantastic ideas with the wider community.  The number of and calibre of entries so far is most impressive.”

Applications for the competition, which is open to any UK-based church of the Christian faith, can be submitted using the web form available at Any fundraising idea from the last 12 months, or planned for the coming 12 months can be submitted. The deadline for the Church Fundraising Idea of the Year 2015 Competition is 23 October 2015 with the winner being announced at an award ceremony in London on 25 November 2015.