We were absolutely delighted to attend The Charity Awards’ celebration earlier this June, held within the stunning grounds of the Tower of London, following our shortlist for their Education and Training category. This national award is the most prestigious in the charity sector and, after much anticipation, the ceremony did not disappoint!
The Charity Awards is an annual event hosted by Civil Society Media to help identify, recognise and reward charitable organisations who are doing exceptional work in all areas. The night was a brilliant opportunity to meet and learn from so many amazing charities and individuals from across the UK and see how they’re creating positive changes.
“In 2000 I started the Charity Awards to celebrate excellence and now over 15 years later they are needed more than ever to emphasise the vital part the sector has to play in ensuring a fair and more equal society. We should be proud of who we are and what we do.”
Daniel Phelan, Founder of Civil Society Media and The Charity Awards
Surrounded by curious onlooking tourists, we were greeted by a red carpet as we entered the grounds of the Tower of London and sat down amongst an audience of around 400 third sector organisations and supporters.
The Charity Awards are judged by a respected panel of voluntary sector heavyweights, each leaders in their own fields, who assess entries against their six ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’ – attributes that should be present in any successful project.
It was a privilege and honour to be present at such an event. Hosted by Reverend Richard Coles (Radio broadcaster, Church of England priest and ex band member of the Communards!) the evening was full of laughs, celebration and even a few celeb spots!
While sadly we didn’t return with a trophy, we certainly returned with a sense of pride to be part of this inspiring community. Our congratulations also to Sir Harpal Kumar, previously chief executive of the UK’s biggest charity, Cancer Research UK, who was awarded the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement and to the The JAN Trust who took home the Education and Training Award.
“All the shortlisted organisations have demonstrated real leadership and strong governance, as well as being innovative and cost-effective. Their activity will stand the test of time, and they are accountable to their users as well as other stakeholders.” Su Sayer, chair of the judges, said.
THANK YOU to all our mentors for making this award possible. By giving your time, each and every week, you are making a real difference to your young people.