Shortlist 2022


Excellence Awards

Best Charity Film

#WeSeeAMum

Tommy's

Mother’s Day is typically a day of celebration, but it can be emotional – especially if you are a mum without your child. At Tommy’s, we know that people can feel like parents from the moment they see a positive pregnancy test – but heartbreakingly, not everyone gets to bring home a healthy baby. In fact, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss...

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Cell Street Repeat at Christmas

Nacro

Every month, including over Christmas, hundreds of people will be released from prison homeless. Two thirds are likely to reoffend within a year – a cycle of 'Cell Street Repeat'. Without a home to go to after being released, it is virtually impossible to maintain or start drug rehabilitation, get a job, build back positive relationshi...

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Every Moment Matters for the Royal Trinity Hospice Gala

Royal Trinity Hospice

“Every Moment Matters” was produced for Royal Trinity Hospice by Satellite Pictures in collaboration with Trinity’s Communications and Marketing team. Trinity is the oldest hospice in the UK, providing free palliative and end of life care to adults across south-west and central London. The film was produced to be a key feature of Tri...

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Nell - brand campaign

Motive Agency & Guide Dogs

Since 2020 Nell has been the star of Guide Dogs brand TV advert, and supporting campaign bursts. The aim of these campaigns are to increase brand spontaneous awareness and buzz, with a focus on raising awareness of our services and support for children and young people with sight loss, beyond our canine services. For the Spring 2022...

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No Diversity Without Disfluency

STAMMA, the British Stammering Association

In this short film STAMMA invite the media to show people who stammer in films and on TV, not just on one day a year - when people are interviewed about their stammer - but all year around. And ideally not just about stammering. People who stammer can be great communicators, scientists, actors, playwrights, media commentators. Stammeri...

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Priced Out Of Existence Campaign

Kidney Care UK

There are about 30,000 people with kidney failure on dialysis in the UK; many are often extremely cold due to anaemia and 5,000 of these receive dialysis treatment at home. We believe that home dialysis should be an equal choice for all, regardless of your income or where you live, but sadly reimbursement for utilities is not uniform a...

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Remembering Jodie: Preventing knife crime through education and campaigning

The Ben Kinsella Trust

Our award-winning knife crime prevention exhibition follows the journey of both victims and offenders, and shows our young visitors the devastating consequences of knife crime. We tell real stories of real people involved in knife crime; 'Remembering Jodie' tells Jodie Chesney's story. Jodie was a young girl local to us in Barking & ...

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Sinking Feeling

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide

Sinking Feeling is a short animation created by BAFTA award winning animation studio Blue Zoo for PAYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. The film was launched on World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 and explores themes of loneliness, isolation and the importance of peer support. The aim of the film was to tackle the heart-breaking reality...

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Best service delivery innovation

Ambient Guardians

Ambient Support

The Ambient Guardians are a group of people supported by Ambient who meet and work in partnership with staff and Ambient’s Quality Group, to ensure our services are the best they can be, enabling people to live fulfilling lives. Members are ambassadors for other people we support; by giving them a voice and ensuring they are heard. Amb...

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Camp in the Cloud

Over The Wall

Over The Wall is a charity that helps children, young people and their families reach beyond the boundaries of serious illness to discover a world of mischief, magic and new possibilities. We do this by providing free of charge, transformative activity camps throughout the UK. We create an environment where children thrive, not just su...

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Neuroblastoma Parent Global Symposium

Solving Kids' Cancer UK

The impact of the pandemic has been far reaching and the neuroblastoma community has been deeply affected; the families Solving Kids’ Cancer UK support are particularly vulnerable as their children are immunocompromised. Entire families have shielded, isolating themselves further to protect their vulnerable child and impacting dispropo...

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Online advisory, genetic counselling and “blood tests by post” service to help people with genetic haemochromatosis live well during Covid-19 pandemic

Haemochromatosis UK

In response to a five-fold increase in demand for help from people affected by genetic haemochromatosis during the CV19 pandemic, Haemochromatosis UK introduced an innovative online genetic counselling, support and health monitoring service, funded by public donations. The charity recruited a specialist Advance Nurse Practitioner (A...

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ReachOut

ReachOut is a mentoring charity, rooted in local communities across London, Greater Manchester and Liverpool. We support young people aged 9-16 from under-resourced communities, with long-term programmes, delivered in schools, that build confidence and character through structured group activities and individual mentoring. The corona...

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The CoppaFeel! Self-Checkout

CoppaFeel!

CoppaFeel! exists to encourage all young people (18-35) to be proactive about their health, by educating them on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and empowering them to speak to their GP if they notice any abnormal changes. Our ambition is to ensure that all breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible when treatm...

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Best use of social media

Best Seat in the House

WaterAid

It’s not easy to talk about toilets, it’s a subject we often shy away from – despite being something we all need. It’s certainly not a topic we might want to engage with when scrolling through social media. But one in five people live without decent sanitation, affecting their health, education, safety and livelihoods. It’s a crisis. ...

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Eat Them to Defeat Them

Veg Power

Children in the UK aren’t eating enough vegetables. To help change this, Veg Power, the not-for-profit focused on increasing vegetable consumption, joined forces with ITV and created The Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign, combining the power of advertising with a schools’ programme. Developed to engage children on this topic in a fun an...

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Providing vital support to under 25s on social media during lockdown

The Mix

The Mix’s vital services have been needed more than ever since the global pandemic turned the lives of under-25s upside down. This is why The Mix launched an innovative new social media strategy in lockdown with the objective of providing essential support to young people, directly on the channels they most use. The highly effective us...

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Style with EACH

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

Style with EACH is a new, vibrant social media brand identity for an online fashion boutique, to incorporate our organisational values while keeping the brand separate from our high street stores. With a strapline ‘fashion that doesn’t cost the earth’, it has two meanings: fashion that’s cost effective and one that recycles, diverting ...

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What’s Your #PowerToBe?

SOCIAL SOCIAL GmbH

How do we create empathy for people who have had to flee conflict? How do we engage an audience tired of talking about a decade long war and millions of people impacted by it? Together with SOCIAL SOCIAL Berlin, the IFRC developed this social media-first awareness and perception change campaign that reached every corner of the EU as...

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YoungMinds - best use of social media

YoungMinds

Our social media channels are an inspirational community of support for young people, offering hope, advice, reassurance and solidarity. Young people face an ever evolving mental health crisis, with the need for support more vital and urgent than ever before. No young person should be alone with their mental health, and we want them to...

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Big Impact Award

#EndSewagePollution Campaign

Surfers Againast Sewage

The #EndSewagePollution campaign was one of the most successful environmental political advocacy campaigns of the last year. Millions of people engaged with the campaign through digital, media and social media. The campaign generated a tidal wave of public, media and political awareness and engagement around the sewage pollution scanda...

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Generation Green

YHA (England & Wales)

Generation Green was a 16-month funded project delivered by the Access Unlimited coalition – 15 not-for-profit organisations led by YHA. It was in response to Julian Glover’s Landscapes Review published in 2019 by DEFRA, the Government’s 25yr Environment Plan and YHA’s new 10yr strategy. Through new jobs, training, volunteering role...

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Lifesaving Tools in Lifesaving Hands: Africa 2030

KidsoR

Today, 1.75 billion children globally do not have access to surgical care when they need it. KidsOR is a global health charity focused on the provision of high quality, safe surgical services for children in low- and middle-income countries. Founded in 2018, KidsOR provide surgical teams with the infrastructure and training needed t...

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Miscarriage Matters campaign

Tommy's

“When we lost our third baby, as heartbroken as I was, it was almost a relief that something would get done.” Julie 1 in 5 women experience the heartbreak of miscarriage. This figure is conservative. The UK doesn’t officially count miscarriages. To qualify for care and support, a woman must go through 3 miscarriages in a row. 3 ...

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North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T)

Newcastle University Students Union

North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T) aims to educate and empower the forced migration communities in the North East of England and throughout the world, celebrating culture and diversity. Provision includes free English language and grammar tuition to increase access to education and support routes into employment, complemen...

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The Menopause Workplace Pledge campaign

Wellbeing of Women

Wellbeing of Women is a UK health charity saving and changing the lives of women, girls and babies. We have funded some of the biggest breakthroughs in medical research. Following a new Five-Year Strategy, we made a strategic decision to expand our focus to include advocacy and education. It is estimated that one million women have ...

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The Sunflower Challenge

Together TV

As a result of the first year of the coronavirus pandemic over 1 in 5 of the British adult population experienced difficulty with their mental health and social isolation (source: Gov.uk). Leveraging on our social impact experience and long-term partnerships within the media industry we undertook an omni-channel campaign involving broa...

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Brand Development

Alive with Hope

Hope and Homes for Children

At Hope and Homes for Children, we close orphanages. Child protection is complex. Our stakeholder groups are complex. Our work is complex. But our messaging needn’t be. And to succeed, it can’t be. The stakes are too high to fail, to lose the message that most people still don’t know: orphanages harm children. That’s why in ...

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Curiosity Collective

Imagine if every child had the freedom to follow their curiosity and explore a world of learning beyond the classroom. At Curiosity Collective, we know that learning can change children’s lives for the better and that some of their most rewarding learning experiences happen outside of school. But for many children, poverty and inequa...

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Family Holiday Charity re-brand

Family Holiday Charity

Family Holiday Charity helps families get time away together, often for the first time ever. We're here for children who've never seen the sea. For teenagers who can't remember when they last saw mum smile. For parents having to choose between a day out and a pair of school shoes. Holidays open up new possibilities. There’s time eno...

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OTR Rebrand

Off The Record

OTR is a young person’s charity supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people living in South East Hampshire & Portsmouth. We opened our doors to those aged 11-25 in 1977 and continue to work with some of the most anxious and troubled young people who are often part of adverse cyclical family situations with comp...

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Squirrels - A great leap forward for Scouts

The Scout Association

Squirrels is Scouts for 4-6 year-olds. Launched in September 2021, it’s already helping over 8,000 young people gain skills for life across 619 Dreys. Using the transformative power of play, storytelling and outdoor learning, Squirrels helps young people in the UK’s most deprived areas get a great start at a critical time in their l...

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We're Mind. We're here to fight for mental health - our brand journey

MIND

This is the story of how we refreshed Mind’s brand to face an unprecedented mental health crisis. To connect with the audiences most at risk and be more accessible. The project was hugely collaborative, touching every part of our network, bringing in specialist support when needed, with people with lived experience at the heart. ...

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Breakthrough of the Year

#NoHomeKit

Shelter

In recent years many of us have become aware of how sport, especially football, can be used for social good. But rarely do causes look beyond football’s reach and influence to truly embed themselves within the fabric of the game. In 2021, in response to the growing housing emergency, Shelter used football to spotlight homelessness and ...

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An Alzheimer’s Society International: Football Should Be Unforgettable

Alzheimer's Society

We took over first 2022 England International to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Society/its support, unifying all activity around ‘Football should be unforgettable’ theme, to engage traditionally more disengaged audiences: men/younger people. Creative approach centred around an incredibly successful stunt: the England team returned aft...

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Changemakers

Working Chance

The voices of women who have experienced of the criminal justice system are too often ignored or overlooked. Working Chance exists to change that, and our clients tell us that they want to change the policies and systems which hold them back. So, we worked with a group of six articulate and determined women with convictions, our Change...

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Family genetic testing for the UK’s most common undiagnosed genetic condition

Haemochromatosis UK

Genetic haemochromatosis is the UK’s most common inherited genetic condition, directly affecting over 380,000 people. Although it is commonplace, the condition is significantly under-diagnosed in the UK. Untreated, the condition can lead to iron overload, where the body is unable to process excess iron. Excess iron is extremely toxic. ...

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Farming tailored counselling services and mental health training

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Farming people are an indispensable part of UK life. They feed our families, weave the fabric of the land and act as custodians of the countryside. But farming can be challenging. Once in a generation policy change, Brexit and a multitude of other issues means farming people are facing more uncertainty than ever before. RABI have been...

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Making Allergy History

The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

We all know, love or are someone with food allergy. With over 3 million people living with food allergies in the UK, The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation has made a national breakthrough difference in under 3 years since being created. Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse created ‘Natasha’s Foundation’ as a legacy to their daughter Na...

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Pregnancy and Parenting at Work: training managers to support pregnancy and loss in the workplace

Tommy's

In 2020 Tommy’s embarked on revolutionising our training and support package to help employers support their employees through any pregnancy journey, including, crucially, those that end in loss. Tommy’s have long campaigned to break the silence around baby loss which impacts 1 in 4 women in the UK. Baby loss devastates parents; 20%...

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Charity Chair of the Year

Jennifer Spencer

Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust

Jennifer became Chair in January 2021 and has worked tirelessly to support the Trust's employees and volunteers to make great strides in the last year. Jennifer has also represented the Trust in meetings with a large variety of partners, sponsors and similar organisations to assist with the Trust achieving its charitable aims and objec...

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Nick Bird

Solving Kids' Cancer UK

Nick Bird became involved in Solving Kids’ Cancer UK in 2009 when his youngest son, Adam, was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. Despite enormous efforts to save him, Adam sadly died in 2013. Since then Nick has dedicated his time and skillset as an advocate and champion to improving outcomes for other children and families affect...

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Steve Jones

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Google ‘pulmonary fibrosis’ and be prepared to be shocked. It is a devastating disease that few people have heard of, but for those who are diagnosed it is terrifying. PF scars the lungs making them harder and smaller and, literally, deprives a person of oxygen. It never gets better, there is no cure and life expectancy after diagno...

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Charity Chief Executive

Charlie Hay

AfriKids UK

Charlie Hay joined AfriKids in 2009 as a volunteer, she was trying to find out what was important to her, to find a purpose, and she was looking to learn. This desire to grow, improve and hold onto the deeper meaning, has characterised her subsequent leadership. As AfriKids celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with numerous awards...

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Craig Jones

Royal Osteoporosis Society

When Craig joined ROS two days before the first lockdown, the pandemic presented an unprecedented set of challenges. A financial crisis came in the teeth of record demand on our support services from our elderly and vulnerable users. Craig conducted a complete financial turnaround, selling our office and moving us to a better-connec...

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Dr Nihara Krause

stem4

At stem4, we believe there is no one more suited to receive this award than our CEO, Dr Nihara Krause, who has provided an exceptional and excellent service to improving teenage mental health in the UK and Internationally, taking the charity to a new level of impactful success last year. Having established the charity ten years ago whe...

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James Toop

Bite Back 2030

James Toop, Chief Executive of Bite Back 2030, has been a visionary charity leader since the creation of the organisation in 2019. In just a few short years, James has used his skills to grow Bite Back and establish its youth-led model as a powerful force for health campaigning. In particular, James has developed a strong network of su...

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Kate Heaps

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

Kate is an outstanding example of how an inspiring leader with clarity of vision can drive an organisation to achieve positive results. She empowers her team and inspires colleagues and peers alike to work innovatively and in collaboration, towards a common purpose. In a year where we continued to face the challenges of the pandemic...

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Mark Atkinson

RNID

Mark is a unique, inspirational and driven leader. But what he should be celebrated for above all else, is his work to build back a sustainable and responsive charity that will far outlive his time as CEO. In serious difficulty just three years ago, RNID has completely transformed almost every aspect of its operating model and revitali...

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Sonya Chowdhury

Action for M.E.

Since joining Action for M.E. in 2012, Sonya has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of M.E., dispel the stigma and ignorance associated with the condition and has led the charity to achieving real change for the 250,000 people affected by myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E., sometimes known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS). This inc...

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Communications Agency of the Year

Communication that matters

Barley Communications

Barley is a social purpose communications agency, focused on issues that matter - the environment, health and social care, science, food, sustainable infrastructure, social justice, consumer protection and more. Hubbub and Ellipsis Earth delivered an anti-littering campaign from March to August 2021 in Bournemouth, Christchurch and ...

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Grief Kind

GOOD Agency

GOOD is a strategic and creative agency with a difference. We work for the world. We believe passionately in a world where creative communication drives meaningful change. Our relationship with Sue Ryder began 4 years ago with a successful brand refresh project and has developed into a meaningful long-term relationship spanning the ...

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John Ayling & Associates

Between May 2021 and May 2022 JAA helped create outstanding campaigns for dozens of charities: from Age UK to Cats Protection, RSPCA to Barnardo’s, Breast Cancer Now to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). We deliver results for charities by creating inventive media solutions that cut through and by being agile and responsive in em...

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Langdon Livingness Live!

Creative Clinic

Langdon ‘Livingness Live!’ was a crowd-funding campaign that raised over £1million in 36-hours and helped to show how young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism can live their best lives and be their very best selves. The campaign aimed to influence perceptions of learning disabilities and autism amongst a specific d...

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Communications Campaign of the Year

Curious PR & SongBird Survival - Cats & Cat Owners Research Campaign

Curious PR

Britain is a nation of birds and birdsong. We spend £250,000+ a year on bird food, yet few people know that 50% of our songbirds have disappeared in just 50 years. Covid-19 silenced air and road traffic - we heard birdsong like never before, which is proven to aid mental wellbeing by signalling 'absence of threat'. SongBird Survival...

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Grief Kind

GOOD Agency

Grief Kind – a national campaign for a national issue. As a nation, we have never been good at discussing grief and death. With the pandemic leaving thousands of people bereaved, there was an urgent need for support. Sue Ryder found that 4/5 bereaved people felt that people around them didn’t know how to act when they were grieving. ...

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Lost Voices: Help us break through the silence

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest of all common cancers, with more than half of people dying within just three months of diagnosis. It kills almost as many people annually as breast cancer, but without celebrity patients or an army of survivors to demand change or inspire fundraising, public awareness remains worryingly low. Pancreati...

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The Best Seat in the House

WaterAid

It’s easy to take toilets for granted, yet one in five people globally live without decent sanitation, affecting their health, education, safety and livelihoods. Despite the scale of the crisis, sanitation is often overlooked as toilets are taboo and undervalued. We worked with the Rankin Agency on The Best Seat in the House campaig...

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The Big Number Natter

NATIONAL NUMERACY

Whether you love it or loathe it, everyone has something to say about maths! In a country where being bad at maths is often a boast rather than an embarrassment, The Big Number Natter aimed to become the UK’s first ever nationwide conversation about the numbers we need in everyday life, for home, work and school. We wanted to get th...

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The Refugee Dictionary

UK for UNHCR

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘refugee’? The word refugee was legally defined by the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. It has since helped millions find safety from war and persecution. But with 100 million people displaced by conflict and persecution globally and rising hostility from some quarters, public education and empa...

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Digital Innovation of the Year

Hyde's Universal Credit Helper

The Hyde Group

As a housing association, it’s vital that our customers can claim supporting benefits. We know that the Universal Credit (UC) application process can be complex and overwhelming. That’s why we developed the UC Helper. Our free UC tool is designed to help and support customers if they’re applying for UC for the first time, so they can r...

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Improving donor engagement and trust with the Ripples Impact Feed

Ripples

A 2021 Charity Commission report found that just 17% of people trust that the majority of their donations reach the intended beneficiary. The report concluded that EVIDENCE of impact will be the key to increasing trust in the third sector. Indeed, research from Ripples found that ~80% of donors would like to track the impact of their d...

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Non-Fungible Testicles

Movember

In April 2022, as part of Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, Movember launched Non-Fungible Testicles, in partnership with street artist MISHKA and MRM. Not just another NFT. The first NFT that has the ability to save a life. Testicular cancer is treatable and highly curable when caught early, but most guys don’t know how to check th...

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Ripple Suicide Prevention

In November 2020 I lost my only son Josh to Suicide. He was just 21 years old. When we looked at his search history on his phone and his laptop, we were horrified to find that he had been searching sites on line for harmful material giving him tips and encouragement on how to take his own life. It was on Christmas Day 2020 when my daug...

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SAM Photo App

Action Against Hunger UK

Action Against Hunger has developed the Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) Photo app to detect life-threatening malnutrition in children around the world. Historically, the most common way of identifying malnutrition is by using a MUAC band – a plastic tape which uses a colour scale to indicate levels of undernutrition. Despite the ava...

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The Drinkaware Chatbot

Drinkaware

The Drinkaware chatbot is designed to achieve two objectives: 1) to deliver a screening tool for alcohol consumption (based on the internationally-recognised Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) to determine a users’ risk of alcohol dependence and triage risky drinkers into personalised support; whether that is fact-based informa...

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Tommy's 'My Prem Baby' App

Tangent on behalf of Tommy's Baby Charity

Tommy’s worked alongside digital agency Tangent to deliver My Prem Baby, a free app that supports parents of premature babies from pregnancy through to after the birth. The app was launched in November 2021, providing educational content to parents, showing them what is happening to their baby and body, as well as tracking the baby’s w...

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Enterprise Award

Community Regeneration Programme

The Community Impact Initiative CIC

The Community Impact Initiative CIC is a not-for-profit organisation supporting disadvantaged people to improve their skills, confidence and wellbeing. We deliver a range of projects across South Wales, all with the aim of improving the lives of disadvantaged people in our local communities whether that be through training and educatio...

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Delivering Sustainable Homes and Community Action

Back on the Map

Back on the Map (BotM) is a resident-led community anchor, delivering services and housing in Hendon, a ward of Sunderland which is in England’s top 10% most-deprived. It established its Sustainable Homes and Community Action model to buy run-down private rented sector houses, which it refurbishes and lets as quality homes to vetted ...

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Procurement with Purpose

Family Fund Business Services

Family Fund Business Services (FFBS) was launched in 2013 by our parent charity, Family Fund, to generate unrestricted income for the charity. FFBS provides an easy-to-use online ordering portal where our Local Authority, Housing, and Charity customers can order items such as vouchers, white goods, furniture, and cash payments for quic...

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Shared Interest Society

Shared Interest is a social lender, pooling the investments of 11,500 people to support producers living in disadvantaged communities. Together, they share the risk of providing finance to businesses who in most cases have no other source of funds. Last year our Share Capital of £52 million helped support 374,249 people in 49 countr...

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Fundraising Campaign

DEC: The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

John Ayling & Associates

On 3 March 2022, the Disasters Emergency Committee launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to raise funds to help those forced to flee their homes, and those in Ukraine unable to leave. The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to provide essential humanitarian support in times of crisis overseas. The Ukraine Humanitarian Ap...

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Greater Heights Campaign

The Leprosy Mission

The Greater Heights Appeal was launched to build a world-class Research Centre at Anandaban Hospital in Nepal, and to shine a light on this curable disease. At £2.2 million to date, the campaign was an unprecedented success, beating target by over 300%. It also generated the largest individual donation ever of £500,000. The campaign...

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Langdon Livingness Live!

Creative Clinic

‘Livingness Live!’ was a crowd-funding campaign that raised over £1million in a focused 36-hour period. Built around the concept of ‘Livingness’, the campaign demonstrates how Langdon enables hundreds of young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism across the UK to live their best lives and be their very best selves. ...

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Plant a Tree

National Trust

In March 2020, the National Trust was forced to close its doors for the first time in its 127-year history because of the Covid19 pandemic. Visitor numbers plunged. Brand health declined. And, just before lockdown, the Trust had pledged to plant 20 million trees by 2030 to support our climate action ambition. We needed to re-engage key...

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Sensathon

Tommy's

Sensathon is a unique community fundraising campaign created by Tommy's, in partnership with WOW World Group (Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense), an award-winning baby and toddler activity company. The campaign’s objectives are to raise vital funds for Tommy’s life-saving research into pregnancy and baby loss, whilst raising awareness ...

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The Drive

Don't Panic London

This film led to the highest single day of donations in the history of Shelter. When we think of homelessness, we often think of the person on the street. Christmas 2020, partly due to the pandemic, saw a drastic increase in people living out of their cars; constantly having to move around to comply with different parking restrictio...

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Marketing Campaign of the Year

Blue Light campaign

Mind

We created the Mind Blue Light programme to provide specialist mental health support to emergency services personnel across the UK. Our research found that 69% of emergency responders felt their mental health had deteriorated as a result of the extreme pressures brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Many also told us that they often f...

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For More Life Without Cancer

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Yorkshire is one of the regions hardest hit by cancer, with over 30,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year. Despite funding life-saving research in the region for nearly 100 years, Yorkshire Cancer Research has extremely low brand awareness. Following a rebrand in 2021, the charity introduced an organisational focus to raise aware...

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Futures for the Brave

Erskine

The Futures for the Brave campaign is the bold and future facing Remembrance campaign by Erskine Veterans Charity, in partnership with Story the creative agency. The campaign centred around a tv advert “A Little Boy’s Pride”, featuring 9 year old Hamish, who visits his big Brother at Erskine. His big brother is a Veteran with a prosthe...

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National Dog Survey

GOOD Agency

In 2021, we worked with Dogs Trust to deliver the biggest animal welfare survey in history in just under 3 months. The pandemic created an unprecedented demand for a canine companion, with over 3.2 million households in the UK acquiring a pet since the start of the pandemic. However, after the lockdown restriction eased, Dogs Trust ...

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RNIB Letter From Santa: Ensuring every child enjoys the magic of Christmas

John Ayling & Associates and GOOD Agency

RNIB, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, is driving the creation of a truly accessible world for blind and partially sighted people. RNIB’s Letter from Santa campaign ensures children with vision impairment are included in the magic of Christmas, while championing the need for accessible communications to a broader, national audience...

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Wear the Badge

Barts Charity

Wear the Badge was a public awareness campaign across East London to celebrate the area’s NHS and showcase what Barts Charity does to support local hospital staff and patients. Potential supporters including: NHS staff, patients and East London community members, were encouraged to sign up for a specially commissioned badge to show sol...

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Small Charity, Big Achiever

Chasing the Stigma

Chasing the Stigma is a national charity committed to normalising mental health. We make it easy to find help through the Hub of Hope support app, we create an environment of understanding through our Ambassador of Hope training and we campaign for change, every day. The Hub of Hope was established in 2017 and was the brainchild of L...

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Creating sustainable livelihoods for marginalised farmers in India

Shivia

In 2014, Shivia developed a programme to stop the cycle of poverty facing small holder farmers in West Bengal. The cause was often years of over-use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides which depleted the soil to such an extent that crop yields were too low to make farming a viable source of income. Added to this, the cost of agri-in...

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Goods for Nothing

Goods for Good (Global)

Responding to the refugee crisis in war torn Ukraine, supporting families fleeing from the Afghanistan crisis, while helping UK families in poverty, suffering from the Covid pandemic and cost of living catastrophe. These are examples of the phenomenal impact Goods for Good has made to communities in the UK and overseas in the most chal...

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Helping unpaid carers to catch a break after the pandemic

Carefree

After being forced to cease operations for the majority of 2020 & 2021, Carefree has turned the pandemic into a pivotal period for the charity. With 5 members of staff covering multiple aspects of product development, service delivery and partnership work with much larger, complex organisations we succeeded in securing the volume of...

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Ripple Suicide Prevention

In November 2020 I lost my only son Josh to Suicide. He was just 21 years old. When we looked at his search history on his phone and his laptop, we were horrified to find that he had been searching sites on line for harmful material giving him tips and encouragement on how to take his own life. It was on Christmas Day 2020 when my daug...

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Sal's Shoes - Finding New Feet

Sal's Shoes

Sal’s Shoes is a small charity with a big heart. It relies on the generosity of its volunteers and donors, both private and corporate, to do what it does. In just 8 years since receiving its first pair of outgrown shoes, the charity has now found new feet for more than 3 million pairs in 54 countries worldwide! Crossing continents to m...

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Savera UK

Savera UK (www.saverauk.co.uk) is a leading charity tackling culturally-specific abuse in the UK, including ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA), forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). It campaigns to eliminate ‘honour’-based abuse and harmful practices, while also providing a national helpline and life-saving services to those at ...

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Partnership Awards

Charity Partnership of the Year

Chester Zoo and HUTAN: Reforesting Borneo

Chester Zoo

Destruction of tropical rainforest poses one of the biggest global threats to biodiversity and is a major contributor to damaging climate change. A 20 year partnership between Chester Zoo and Malaysian NGO HUTAN has developed practical solutions that have reversed forest loss and restored endangered wildlife in Borneo. The Zoo's supp...

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Citizens Advice and The Trussell Trust - Help through Hardship helpline

Citizens Advice

Cast your mind back to March 2020, and the first national lockdown. It was a time of crisis for many, particularly those in the most vulnerable situations. Community services, advice agencies and GP surgeries were closing their doors. Where services were open, social distancing and self-isolation made face-to-face access difficult. ...

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Cost of the School Day

Children North East

In 2019, UKCoSD was launched with the goal of reducing inequity. At that time, 28% of UK children lived in poverty, (4.1 million children). Children growing up in poverty report their educational experience is deeply affected, making it harder to participate, learn and thrive. CNE and CPAG recognised that ‘Poverty Proofing©’ metho...

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Empowering Young Women for Job Success

Smart Works

Smart Works and IntoUniversity joined together with a shared mission: to help young women feel confident, empowered and secure life-changing internships. As two charities that support people from disadvantaged circumstances to achieve their potential, it was a natural and kindred partnership, and an innovative way of working together. ...

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Our Frontline

Mind

We all remember where we were in March 2020 when Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared a national emergency as the global pandemic spread. As we closed our doors, our hopes lay with the UK’s 10 million key workers, including over 1 million NHS and care staff, to keep us safe. Frontline workers were now facing the emotional impact of...

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The National Garden Scheme and Marie Curie

Marie Curie

For 26 years, Marie Curie and the National Garden Scheme have worked in partnership to raise a phenomenal £10 million, helping to fund over 500,000 hours of vital nursing care. Thanks to dedicated National Garden Scheme volunteers and Marie Curie Hospices opening their gardens, we have helped support hundreds of thousands of families t...

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Corporate Partnership of the Year

Bringing Communities Together to Improve Mental Wellbeing

Mind, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), and Inspire

Mind, SAMH and Inspire are partnering with Co-op to raise £8m to bring communities together to improve mental wellbeing. Our partnership is outstanding because of the ambition and collaboration between all four organisations. All of this was delivered in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, with Co-op colleagues continuing to vo...

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Eat Them To Defeat Them

Veg Power

Children in the UK aren’t eating enough vegetables. While traditional public health messaging around 5/day is well known, it hasn’t translated into increased veg intake. To help change this, Veg Power, the not-for-profit focused on increasing vegetable consumption, joined forces with ITV and created The Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign...

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GSK - Save the Children Partnership

Save the Children UK

GSK and Save the Children united in 2013 to reduce preventable deaths and illness of children under the age of five. Over 5 million children under five die each year, many of these deaths could be prevented by vaccinations, trained healthcare workers, correct diagnosis, and affordable treatment. Our innovative partnership combines Save...

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Helping women to reach economic safety and thrive: transforming responses to economic abuse

Surviving Economic Abuse

Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) and Lloyds banking Group (LBG) have created a first-of-its-kind partnership that offers a unique model of support for victim-survivors of economic abuse. The partnership brings together SEA’s specialist knowledge about economic abuse in the context of coercive control, with LBG’s commitment to providin...

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Media Trust and MG OMD's Climate Charity Challenge

Media Trust

Over half of environmental charities struggle to communicate about the climate crisis effectively. That’s why Media Trust joined forces with media agency MG OMD to help environmental charities have impactful communications ahead of the landmark COP26 conference. In June 2021, MG OMD mobilised 480 staff to lend pro-bono strategic com...

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People, Dignity and Purpose

Goods for Good (Global)

In the last year this exceptional corporate partnership has; delivered relief to 1000’s of mothers and children fleeing war-torn Ukraine in refugee camps across Europe; delivered to 100’s of refugees from Afghanistan settling in the UK; delivered 1000’s items to some of the most vulnerable families across Britain. Founded on a shared ...

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Santander UK, Santander Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer's Society & Santander UK

Alzheimer’s Society (AS) and Santander launched and held a unique sector-leading strategic partnership which has sought to create collaborative social change for people affected by dementia relating to banking challenges and donated £3.6million (£2.1million though staff fundraising) over the course of 3 years. This incredible amount ha...

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Scouts x HSBC UK - Building financial confidence for a new generation

The Scout Association

HSBC UK is Europe's second largest bank, while Scouts is the UK's biggest youth movement. Together, we created a three year partnership to inspire better money skills for young people aged 6-10 years old. By launching the Money Skills Activity Badges, we increased financial confidence in a whole new generation. HSBC UK pledged £6...

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Sofa Reuse Scheme

Reuse Network

Since its inception in 2011, Reuse Network and John Lewis & Partners have been working closely together on the Sofa Reuse Scheme to reuse good quality sofas collected from John Lewis & Partners’ customers and redistributes them to low-income households via Reuse Network charity members located across the UK. The Sofa Reuse Scheme he...

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The Great Relay - United We Ride

Two Wheels for Life

Motorcycles – they have a bit of a reputation, don’t they? But did you know, they save lives? For many of us, owning a motorcycle is a luxury – a pleasure in life. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa motorcycles aren’t a luxury, but of vital importance to the health of their nation. Motorcycles are the only effective way of delivering life-...

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Transforming Social Mobility in the UK Tech Industry

upReach

Founded in 2012, upReach is a social mobility charity dedicated to supporting undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds to access and sustain top graduate jobs. The Hg Foundation, an independent charity funded by leading investment firm Hg Capital, exists to remove barriers to education and skills in technology. United by a sha...

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Talent Awards

Celebrity Charity Champion

Angela Hartnett

Action Against Hunger UK

For over 10 years, the much-loved chef and restaurateur, Angela Hartnett OBE has been a supporter of Action Against Hunger’s work to tackle life-threatening hunger worldwide. As someone who dedicates her life to food, Angela has shown both a passion for, and relentless commitment to, our cause. Since the pandemic hit in 2020, the ho...

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Griff Rhys Jones

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

Griff Rhys Jones has been a long-term supporter of EACH. Living in a village south of Ipswich, where EACH has one of its three hospices, the renowned comedian is passionate about giving back to his local community and supporting families at a time of need. Griff shows unwavering support to EACH, championing the charity as a cause to...

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Idris Elba

Immediate Theatre

As a small charity working with disadvantaged young people in Hackney, Immediate Theatre had never had a Patron, so imagine our shock and delight when we received a call from Idris Elba saying that he wanted to get involved. As a Hackney boy himself, Idris was aware of the huge challenges facing young people, and the incredible differe...

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Jay Flynn

The Connection at St Martin's

Jay Flynn went viral at the start of the pandemic by running weekly fundraising virtual pub quizzes - keeping people together during the height of lockdown. At the peak he was delivering his quizzes to over 700,000 people! He raised over £1million for various causes, including £70,000 for The Connection at St Martin’s. Since then Jay...

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Livia Firth

The Circle

We are honoured to nominate women’s rights activist and sustainability champion, Livia Firth, for this year’s Third Sector Celebrity Charity Champion. Livia is driven by a desire to end violence against women and girls and ignite female economic empowerment everywhere. As a Trustee and Ambassador for The Circle, a charity founded by...

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Stefanie Reid MBE

The Leprosy Mission

It’s a rare gift when a celebrity comes into your charity with a genuine understanding of your cause, a personal link to the people you serve, and a passion to bring change. Stef Reid MBE has been that gift to The Leprosy Mission. In 2021, Stef agreed to front The Leprosy Mission’s 2022 Greater Heights Campaign to build a new Researc...

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Charity of the Year

Blood Cancer UK

People with blood cancer are particularly vulnerable to Covid and the vaccines work less well for them, so over the last year they’ve needed support like never before. We’ve managed to achieve campaigning successes that have saved a significant number of lives, and given them the information to be able to make their own informed decisi...

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Haemochromatosis UK

Haemochromatosis UK is the the voice of the genetic haemochromatosis community. Last year, their 4 FTE staff supported over 152,000 people affected by iron overload (genetic haemochromatosis - GH), initiated medical research to advance the care of people affected and trained over 500 NHS clinicians with free workshops, presentations an...

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Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief UK

In 2021, Islamic Relief experienced a record-breaking year raising over £38.6 million. Despite the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and financial strains of the UK economy, Islamic Relief was able to reach and support millions of people in struggling communities across the UK and the globe continuing to alleviate poverty, empower c...

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Millennium Point Charitable Trust

Millennium Point

We're a Birmingham-based charity which provides £4.98m annually in support for the growth of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) education and industry in the city and the wider west midlands region. We are one of the last surviving Millennium Commission Projects in the UK still operating under our original mission and o...

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Royal British Legion Industries

RBLI is the country’s leading military charity providing fully-integrated employment, welfare and accommodation support to military veterans, their families and dependants - as well as people with disabilities. The charity provides a home to disadvantaged veterans and their families from all over the UK through their intergeneration...

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Rural Action Derbyshire

Rural Action Derbyshire - Village Halls

Rural Action Derbyshire’s core belief is that no-one should be unfairly disadvantaged because they live in a rural area, and we have made impressive strides towards eradicating these disadvantages for many people - despite the challenges of the past two years. We are the only organisation in Derbyshire devoted to the needs of rural com...

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stem4

We believe stem4 deserves to be considered for this award since it has provided vital work benefitting over a 100,000 young people’s mental health over the past year alone. As a small charity, stem4 supports the mental health of young people in multiple different ways. These include mental health education, both face-to-face and throug...

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upReach

upReach is a social mobility charity that supports undergraduates from less-advantaged backgrounds to access and sustain top graduate jobs. Their free, personalised programmes of support are carefully designed to help students understand different career pathways and to develop the skills, networks and experiences needed to succeed. ...

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Community Champion

Ben Buddy Slack

The Swan Song Project

Ben Buddy Slack is the founder of The Swan Song Project, a charity that helps people facing the end of their life of dealing with a bereavement to write and record an original song. The idea was inspired by the loss of Ben's Grandma and his regret at not writing a song with her before she died. As a songwriter himself he decided to see...

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Code Hub Team

Ignite Hubs

Ignite Hubs is an education charity for children and young people. We teach digital skills that matter in the real world, preparing them for future employment and inspiring them to think about different career possibilities in Tech and STEM. We strive to deliver the best learning environment for children and young people, particularly,...

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Committee of Directors

In2MedSchool

The NHS is built on the belief that healthcare should be free to all at the point of access. However, we are far from equal in healthcare being an accessible career path. A government-funded investigation found that 80% of doctors come from 20% of schools and 50% of schools have never had a successful medical school applicant. In2MedS...

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Connect For Life

Connect For Life (CFL) is a “unique, volunteer led and volunteer run local charity, providing high quality, community based, specialist day support for older people living with dementia and undiagnosed memory loss”. CFL was founded in response to our Coordinator’s persistent sense of calling to set up local quality day care in Oswestr...

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Give Your Best volunteer team

Give Your Best

Founded during lockdown in late 2020, Give Your Best is a nonprofit offering the first ever online platform where people can donate their clothes so that women and children who are refugees or seeking asylum can shop for free with the agency and dignity they deserve. Our mission is to empower those with precarious immigration status l...

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Frontline team of the year

Hyde's Successful Tenancies team

The Hyde Group

The Successful Tenancies team is Hyde’s homelessness prevention service, working with Hyde residents at risk of eviction. The team provides services ranging from money and debt advice, dedicated welfare benefit specialists to resolve complex benefit issues, and employment support. Tenancy sustainment specialists work to ensure that ou...

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NRAS Helpline

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

During the early stages of the pandemic the NRAS helpline team worked flat out to fill the information void for those with inflammatory arthritis who were struggling to know how vulnerable they were and what they should do to keep themselves safe. Within the first month of the pandemic we had a 600% increase in phone calls alone to our...

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Pear's House Team

Langdon

Pear's House is one of Langdon' supported living homes for adults with learning disabilities and autism. The Members (clients) living in Pear's House are extremely clinically vulnerable and the Pandemic has been an extremely worrying time for them and their families. Over the last two years, the team that work with Members in that hous...

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Peppercorn House, Extra Care

Ambient Support

Peppercorn House is an Extra Care service for Older People in Ipswich. Ambient has a staff team of 23, providing care and support to tenants, some of whom are diagnosed with dementia. The tenant’s ability to lead independent lives was severely impacted by the pandemic. Many were self-isolating due to health vulnerabilities and were at ...

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Sleep Support Line

Sleep Scotland

Sleep Scotland assists people with or affected by a family member with additional support needs to thrive through two services; TEENS+ and Sleep Services. Sleep Scotland was established by a parent who, because of their lived experience, wanted to support parents of children with additional needs who were battling the debilitating effe...

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The Nurse Helpline

Royal Osteoporosis Society

At a time when many people are struggling to see their healthcare providers, health concerns can be particularly daunting, especially for the older people the disease disproportionally affects. Add to this the postcode lottery for Fracture Liaison Services in England and Wales, low public awareness and under-diagnosis of the condition,...

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The Orchards Team

Certitude

Certitude is London's leading adult social care provider, supporting over 1,800 people across 17 London boroughs who are living with learning disabilities, autism and mental health support needs. Certitude’s mission is to give support where it is most needed, helping people to develop new skills, meet new people and ultimately live the...

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Communications Team of the Year

Ambient Marketing & Communications

Ambient Support

As a team of two, the Ambient Marketing & Communications department executed an ambitious rebrand of their national charity in April 2020, including support services in 130 locations across the UK, as well as defining a new internal culture for the organisation with the launch of a staff intranet, all throughout the turbulence of the C...

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Asthma + Lung UK communications team

Asthma + Lung UK

Asthma + Lung UK’s communications team embraced a huge challenge - communicating the launch of its new brand (from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation) and using it as an opportunity to support its new strategy by highlighting the seriousness of lung conditions to engage with policymakers and supporters. Through ambitious, integ...

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Guide Dogs Communications Team

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs is well known for its incredible dogs. Getting people to care about the issue of sight loss and to know about our other life changing services is an ongoing challenge. The national comms team used the hook of the charity’s 90th anniversary in 2021 to celebrate our history and success, but more importantly to rip up the no...

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Marketing & Communications Team

Kidney Care UK

Kidney Care UK is the UK’s leading kidney patient support charity and was founded in 1975. The Marketing and Communications team is now made up of 7 individuals who respectively cover the following disciplines, Deborah Duvall (Kidney Matters Magazine Editor), Sumaya Masood (Kidney Matters Magazine Deputy Editor), Lauren Mercer (Marketi...

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Digital champion of the year

Daniel Clark

Feel Created

People who move to the UK need English language skills to access training, gain employment and participate in society but in reality, it can be challenging to find ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes. Lead developer at Feel Created, Daniel Clark, has been instrumental in supporting Learning English in Yorkshire and t...

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Katherine Woollard

National Trust

Katherine joined the Trust in February 2021. In the 16 months she has been with the National Trust she has given us a clarity of vision for digital which we have not had before. She is able to explain digital development in a way that makes sense to all of us, across our wide and diverse specialisms, and has secured the unanimous backi...

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Finance Team of the Year

Due to be announced

Fundraising Team of the Year

Corporate Partnerships Team

British Red Cross

The talented, dedicated, and compassionate Corporate Partnerships team at the British Red Cross has raised a record-breaking £34 million to support people in crisis in the UK and around the world, exceeding its targets by over 600%. Their creative partnership building and collaboration across the organisation saw the team secure, deliv...

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Encephalitis Society Fundraising Team

Encephalitis Society

Globally important, complex but small. That is the Encephalitis Society and as the link between COVID-19 and encephalitis begins to be more understood, never has demand for the charity services been so great as it was last year, yet our ability to fundraise continued to be diminished. We understand that charities only do two things, th...

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Fundraising

Refugee Action

Set against the backdrop of the most challenging and unrelenting year facing the UK refugee sector, the fundraising team at Refugee Action smashed every target. They achieved their goal of building their public fundraising to over a third of total income three years early. They increased their supporter base three-fold, developed in...

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Fundraising Team

Together for Short Lives

This is a story about how a small fundraising team found the belief to go out and do extra-ordinary things (and turn it into a winning habit). Creating a great fundraising culture that has taken income from £3m to £7m for children’s charity, Together for Short Lives in just 12 months – the most successful period in the charity’s histor...

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Fundraising Team

Hatch Enterprise

Hatch’s fundraising team has played an integral part in the organisation’s growth over the past year, bringing financial stability and allowing us to plan and expand our delivery to underrepresented founders, and scaling the team itself. Doubling Hatch’s income in the space of a year is no mean feat, yet that’s exactly what the team ha...

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Fundraising Team

SOS Children's Villages UK

The SOS Children’s Villages UK Fundraising team should win this award, for our resilience, determination, team spirit and ambition, culminating in impressive fundraising performance across the team, during a year of immense challenge and against the context of having to rebuild the organisation. Our success resulted in 30% growth in fu...

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Rising Chief Executive

Anne-Marie Canning MBE

The Brilliant Club

Starting your job on the first day of lockdown is not ideal, but that’s the challenge Anne-Marie Canning MBE faced when she assumed the role of CEO in March 2020 at The Brilliant Club, a charity which mobilises the PhD community to support students who are less advantaged to access the most competitive universities and succeed when the...

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Clare Jacklin

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Clare joined NRAS in 2007 as Volunteer Manager and progressed to Director of Development and Deputy CEO, then CEO in June 2019. Her performance is characterised by an incredible work ethic, passion for the cause, ability to solve problems calmly and fairly and her inclusive leadership skills. Interestingly Clare had doubts about her ab...

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Karolina Gerlich

The Care Workers' Charity

In March 2020, just as the world began to lockdown from Covid-19, The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) welcomed their new CEO Karolina Gerlich to the team. Working completely remotely, Karolina’s guidance became a beacon of light during dark and uncertain times. Having worked as a domiciliary care worker for 12 years, Karolina has an except...

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Michael MacLennan

covid:aid

Within a year Michael has built a charity which has reached more than 100,000 people through an innovative startup approach, providing a range of services and support for those significantly affected by Covid-19 in the UK. As part of its mission, he has also looked to ensure that the charity can act as a platform which boosts stretched...

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Raakhi Shah

The Circle

The 25 March 2020 saw the UK enter its first lockdown. For Raakhi Shah it was also her first day as Chief Executive of The Circle, a charity founded by Annie Lennox that empowers women. Despite the frightening times we were living through, Raakhi focused her efforts on responding to the urgent needs of vulnerable women. Drawing on h...

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Sarah Woolnough

Asthma + Lung UK

As CEO since December 2020, Sarah Woolnough has led newly-merged charity Asthma + Lung UK, through a hugely successful rebrand and strategy launch, while tackling a huge increase in demand from the millions of people across the UK living with a lung condition who were terrified about the impact of COVID-19. Despite this huge surge i...

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Rising star

Abdul R Shiil

Sahan Cares C.I.C

Sahan Cares is an award wining family-run, social enterprise that are committed to enhancing the lives of adults and the elderly in West London through exemplary care and support that really does make a difference. Sahan Cares was founded many years ago with a mission to go further for the loved ones and their families and to ensure th...

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Cat Barton

Chester Zoo

Palm oil is a £50 billion industry and is estimated to be found in half of packaged supermarket goods, including sweets, cleaning products, make-up and pet food. Unsustainable means of growing and processing palm oil has resulted in widespread devastation and biodiversity loss, particularly across South East Asia. Facing a biodivers...

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Emma Hamilton

The Larder West Lothian

The Larder’s Rising Star is our Director of Operations and People, Emma Hamilton. Emma has experienced significant challenges throughout her life. As a teen, she was placed in foster care following periods of broken family relationships, and at the young age of 18 became a single parent to one of her daughters. Despite these challenges...

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Emma Williams

covid:aid

Emma has been integral to the success of Covid Aid, which is our first year have reached more than 100,000 people. As Head of Community she launched and has built our Support Community which within months now hosts 1-to-1 listening support, expert live Q&As, high-quality self-management courses, tailored support groups, in-depth resour...

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Melissa Charlton

Ambient Support

Melissa Charlton joined Ambient as a Deputy Manager in Mental Health Services in 2018. In 2019 Melissa combined her role of Deputy Manager with that of Occupational Therapy (OT) Assistant. This was a new combination of role and skills for Ambient and something that Melissa influenced the shape and growth of. She skilfully combined her ...

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Sheila Sturgeon

Yes Manchester

Sheila joined Yes Manchester – then a CIC – at the height of the pandemic in October 2020, moving 150 miles up the M6 from Northampton to Manchester to do so! She immediately made a difference, seeing quickly what had to change and how, if the organisation was to thrive. Everything changed when our parent and funder Northwards Housing ...

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Unsung hero

Dee Bryan

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a life-limiting disease that few have heard of. It’s incredibly debilitating and causes lungs to scar, making them harder and smaller and literally deprives a person of oxygen. There is no cure and life expectancy after diagnosis is three to five years. A devastating condition for anyone to face but as the...

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Iris Taylor

Jewish Women's Aid

Jewish Women’s Aid is so proud to have Iris Taylor as our longest standing volunteer. She has been a loyal, helpful and inspirational volunteer for the charity for thirty years. Iris is 81 years old, has two children and three grandchildren and lost her husband 13 years ago. She is solely responsible for assembling the rota for our vit...

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Jim Richman

Susy Radio

76 year old volunteer radio presenter Jim Richman is Susy Radio's top Unsung Hero. He has gone above and beyond to broadcast live in the studio several shows a week, often covering at short notice, presenting remotely when he himself was vulnerable, week in week out to bring a friendly voice to our many elderly and vulnerable listeners...

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Kate Gent

The Leprosy Mission

Kate Gent is Creative Content Producer at The Leprosy Mission. Working behind the scenes, she has driven our organisation forward in best practice for fundraising content production. She is committed to ethical content gathering, striving to portray an authentic voice, and enabling people to tell their own stories in their own words. S...

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Willie Stirling

The Larder West Lothian

The Larder’s Unsung Hero is Willie Stirling, our Head Chef. When the pandemic hit in April 2020, like many Social Enterprise’s, The Larder was forced to pivot our services to ensure we could continue to support those in need. Throughout this process, Willie was at the helm, supporting his team, creating menus and cooking up meals that ...

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Volunteer of the Year

Claire McLaughlan

The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety

Claire was referred to our charity in 2020 by Women’s Aid. Her confidence was at rock bottom, her anxieties were high and she was extremely emotional and traumatized. Slowly, through a mix of Personal Safety advice, practical self-defence training and informal counselling, Claire begun to live her life again. She decided she wanted to...

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Dan and Babs Izzett

The Leprosy Mission

Occasionally you meet someone whose life’s mission is to help others. Despite their own pain and disability, they are tireless in their quest to bring change. This is Dan and Bab’s Izzett, a dynamic couple who are a powerhouse of compassion and commitment for people affected by leprosy. Dan and Babs have faced their own battle with l...

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Dave Setters and Lee Millard

MND Association

We are submitting a joint nomination because the achievement of Dave and Lee in leading the community, researchers and 3 charities in a high-profile campaign which resulted in a government commitment of £50 Million investment in Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research.Living with MND themselves, they understand the urgency to find success...

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Katy Pieris

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

Katy was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 28 years old. A young woman in the prime of life wanting to start a family and at the start of a promising career. Despite such a devasting diagnosis she turned it into a positive by volunteering for NRAS. Throwing herself into raising awareness of the condition, supporting others and adv...

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Kirsty Preston

FoodCycle

Since joining FoodCycle in March 2020, Kirsty has consistently gone above and beyond to support FoodCycle Community Meals across Birmingham. Since then she has donated over 6,500 hours of her time to help support the charity and ensure that people continue to have access to a weekly nutritious meal and good company. During her ti...

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Neil Munday

Susy Radio

Neil Munday is our Volunteer of the Year for his tireless and outstanding contribution to the community with Susy Radio since 2008, a not for profit community radio station broadcasting to East Sussex and North Surrey. Despite working full-time, Neil gains the station an income as well as covering engineering work often responding a...

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Tom McMillan

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis

When Tom McMillan’s wife Una was diagnosed with the terminal disease, pulmonary fibrosis, the despair and desperation that often hits everyone with a terminal illness, soon turned to action and hope after he became aware that Northern Ireland has the highest prevalence of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in the UK, with an estimated 1,200...

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Volunteer Team of the Year

Band of Builders

Formed in 2016 Band of Builders is now a national construction charity having provided support in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland by means of practical adaptations to homes to support those who work within the construction industry and their families faced with life changing conditions as a result of illness or injury as we...

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Catalyst Kitchen

The Larder West Lothian

When the pandemic hit in April 2020, like many Social Enterprise’s, The Larder was forced to pivot their services to ensure they could continue to support those in need; and to do this we needed volunteers. Our food insecurity project, Catalyst Kitchen, which once provided in-person dining experiences, redesigned to the provision of fr...

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Happy Smiles Training CIC

Happy Smiles Training CIC is a disabled persons-led social enterprise, made up of over 90% of disabled people and over 60% of our full-time employees are disabled people. We were co-founded by a disabled young man in September 2019, to address the systemic undervaluing of disabled people and challenge the stigma attached to disabled...

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