Winners 2016

Excellence Awards

Spend Your Year With Us: Our Annual Report 2015/16

The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour Charity wanted to communicate our mission, operations and achievements to our donors in an innovative and inspiring way. We saw the annual report as an opportunity not only to share our successes, but to encourage readers to remain engaged with The Charity long-term and to think about other ways they could be a part of #The...

One Courageous Community - RNLI Annual Report and Accounts 2015

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

How do people come together to save lives? For almost two centuries RNLI communities have been uniting against drowning. We have created an annual report that shows those communities at work – and how well they’re working.

In a testing year for the charity sector as a whole, we wanted to show that the RNLI is in the best possible...

AITC Annual Report 2015-16

Albion in the Community

Albion in the Community (AITC) wanted a report which would successfully engage with fans of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and increase awareness of its work, encourage more people to fundraise for the charity and improve participation levels on its projects. It was also important for the charity to establish its participants, man...

MTV Shuga

MTV Staying Alive Foundation

MTV Shuga is a ground-breaking 360-degree transmedia demand creation campaign aimed at improving the sexual and reproductive health of young people ages 15-24. Starting in Kenya for Series 1 and 2 in 2009 and 2012, respectively, the partnership then scaled out to Nigeria for Series 3 and 4 in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

The campaign...

MS: Enough

MS Society

December 2015: the MS Society receives news that the Government is proposing changes to the Personal Independence Payments (PIP) assessment. Through careful research, we find that 600,000 disabled people could lose out on payments, including 17,000 people with MS.

The stakes are high: if the changes go through, people with MS...


Prison Radio Association

National Prison Radio has revolutionised the way we communicate in prisons. Broadcasting 24 hours a day into prison cells across England and Wales, it has become a respected and popular brand among this extremely hard-to-reach audience.

The world’s first national radio station for prisoners, it was launched in 2009 by a team of ex-...

Vision for a Nation Rwanda

Vision for a Nation Foundation

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) is a high-impact UK charity with a big vision – we believe that everyone, no matter where they are from, should have access to affordable eye care. An estimated 2.5 billion people globally cannot see clearly because they lack access to eye care. We have developed a pioneering new model to rapidly deliver uni...

Community action reduces the spread of Ebola in Liberia

Mercy Corps Europe

In 2014, Mercy Corps established the Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP) to combat the spread of Ebola in Liberia. In partnership with Government, local and international organisations, ECAP’s community campaigns reached 2.4 million people - representing 56% of the country’s population – and helped to dramatically r...

Breast Cancer Now - New identity for two merged organisations

Breast Cancer Now and The Clearing

Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign decided to merge in November 2014. It was clear to both organisations that creating one powerful brand was essential in our shared ambition to stop women dying of breast cancer.

The Clearing brand consultancy helped us to create Breast Cancer Now. The brand had to unite both organisations,...

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters, previously CSV (Community Service Volunteers), rebranded in April 2015. Our motivation was clear, while many knew (and loved) CSV, many more didn’t know who we were – or worse confused us with other charities, the probation service or an American pharmacy chain.

Our impact on the lives of peo...

The House of St Barnabas

The House of St Barnabas

The House of St Barnabas (HoSB) a charity since 1846 is housed in a Grade I listed townhouse and until 2006 was a homeless hostel. When the building was no longer was fit for purpose the trustees took the step to change to a social enterprise private members' club to generate income to support our Employment Academy. The process to open the soc...

Changing Faces - Brand Development

Changing Faces

Over a fifteen month period, with extensive consultation with key stakeholders, an internal brand development group worked with an external consultant and designer to consider and evaluate Changing Faces’ purpose, vision and mission, looking at how a refreshed brand could better serve the people for whom it cares and campaigns...

Rise Bakery Rebrand

Providence Row

In 2010 Providence Row, an East End homelessness charity launched a scheme to provide people affected by homelessness basic catering training. The successful venture saw trainees make and serve breakfasts and lunch for 1000+ rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people using the day centre every year. To help more people, the charity extende...


Royal London Society for Blind People

RLSB partnered with digital product studio ustwo, to improve independent travel for blind people. A lack of mobility often leads to poverty, isolation and depression.
It is one of the biggest barriers to employment, contributing to the fact that 90% of blind young people are unemployed.

The partnership, formally known as Wayfind...

The Mixed Ability Model

International Mixed Ability Sports

International Mixed Ability Sports (IMAS)
A community interest company promoting the development of inclusive educational projects, and the expansion of Mixed Ability sports in England and across Europe.
The Mixed Ability model encourages social inclusion by mixing able-bodied volunteers, coaches or tutors who act as facilitators or helpe...

Redthread's Youth Violence Intervention Programme


Redthread’s innovative Youth Violence Intervention Programme expanded significantly in the past year through increased numbers of beneficiaries, geographic reach, public profile, income and through applying learning and experience to enhance systems and processes. The programme embeds youth workers in A&E departments to work w...

NHSBT 'Operation Donation'


There are currently around 10,000 people in the UK in need of an organ transplant. Three people a day across the UK die before they get the organ they need – that’s over 1,000 every year.

To increase awareness of and support for organ donation we developed an experiential campaign to stimulate conversation and debate within a...

360 Syria

Amnesty International UK

At the beginning of last year there was very little media coverage showing what life was like for families living in Syria’s war zones, it was too dangerous for journalists to go there. This presented Amnesty International UK (AIUK) with a huge challenge; How to garner empathy and support from the public for people living in Syria? AIUK d...


The PRA celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In a decade we’ve revolutionised communication with prisoners.

We’ve also had an exceptional year!

Prisoners are physically isolated from society – no internet access or mobile phones… even newspapers are in scarce supply. And around 50% of prisoners have the reading ...


Refuge is the country's largest provider of specialist services for women and children escaping gender violence. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lives and two women every week are killed by their partner or former partners. Refuge should win Charity of the Year because our services save and change lives - and becaus...

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

From a hard-hitting BBC Lifeline appeal in January 2016, TV documentaries during the year, and partnering with Lynx on #BiggerIssues in November, 2015 was exceptional. Male suicide ...


Create uses the power of the creative arts to make a profound impact on the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Founded in 2003, it designs and delivers creative programmes with disabled children and adults; young and adult carers; homeless people, offenders; vulnerable older people and other marginalised people. Each programme in...

Neat Streets

Hubbub Foundation UK

Hubbub’s Neat Streets Campaign was a 5 month social experiment which tested innovative and playful ways of tackling littering on Villiers Street in Central London, using current best thinking on behaviour change and awareness raising from around the world.

The project combined a series of creative initiatives including a photo gallery ...

Stop The Knock

Money Advice Trust

Local authorities in England and Wales instructed bailiffs more than 2.1 million times in 2014/15 – an increase of 16% in two years, despite significant pressure to reduce their reliance on this method of collecting unpaid council tax and other debts. Stop The Knock, the Money Advice Trust’s campaign to tackle this problem last ...

135 Shoes

Diabetes UK

There are currently 135 diabetes-related amputations in England each week – a devastating and costly issue that previously had little public awareness or media attention. Diabetes UK decided to push this issue much higher up the public, health and political agenda. As a result of our campaigning work, improving foot care for people wi...

Locked in for Autism

Caudwell Children

As the number of children diagnosed with autism increases every year, Caudwell Children wanted to generate more public acceptance and understanding of the condition, whilst promoting our autism support programmes.
The Locked in for Autism campaign aims to communicate autism in the most powerful way, by use of a 3m square glass box as a...

The Archers


In February, fan of The Archers Paul Trueman set up a Just Giving page for Refuge, in order to support a character in the show, Helen, who was experiencing domestic abuse. The Communications team acted nimbly in response, ‘newsjacking’ the campaign to ensure it worked as hard as possible for Refuge and the women and ...

360 Syria

Amnesty International UK

At the beginning of last year there was very little media coverage showing what life was like for families living in Syria’s war zones, it was too dangerous for journalists to go there. This presented Amnesty International UK (AIUK) with a huge challenge; How to garner empathy and support from the public for people living in Syria? AIUK d...

Emergency mobile app

British Red Cross

Emergency by British Red Cross delivers real-time, personalised emergency alerts straight to your pocket.

It's already delivered 1 million alerts to people across the UK - including more than 20,000 flood, rain and wind warnings across the first weekend of severe flooding at Christmas.

This free mobile app help you and your lo...


British Heart Foundation with everydayhero

MyMarathon was a brand new, innovative 'virtual event' from the British Heart Foundation, designed to harness challenge event fundraisers' awesome potential, without limiting them to participating at a specific time and place. 

Participants were challenged to complete the full marathon d...



SH:24 is an online sexual health service providing remote STI testing, information and advice. The service works in partnership with local clinics to shift asymptomatic activity online and free up clinical capacity to deal with more complex cases, generating efficiencies in the process.



InterpreterNow is a digital innovation, revolutionising telecommunications for Deaf sign language users. It uses a secure internet platform to give Deaf people the ability to call emergency, government and health services in the same way that hearing people can use a phone. Deaf citizens simply use their mobile device to bring a sign langua...

Pop up shops

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s biggest Armed Forces charity, and provides social, emotional and financial support to serving and ex-Service people and their families. The Poppy Shop is the trading arm of the charity and all profits go to help the work of The Royal British Legion. As custodians of Remembrance we ensure the me...

Maximising value for hospice care

Hospice Quality Partnership (HQP)

HQP is the first social enterprise of its kind. It is a commercial and collaborative joint venture wholly owned by the 55 hospice partners it serves from across the UK. Its bold vision is to maximise value and ensure high quality of care for patients and families.

Focusing initially on collective procurement it has captured 37% of sector spend g...

Social Enterprise at Aldingbourne

Aldingbourne Trust

The Aldingbourne Trust is an award winning Charity supporting over 550 adults with learning disabilities to live independent lives and developing skills leading to employment. Our flagship site is the Aldingbourne Country Centre based in Chichester, which is home to 15 innovative social enterprises from car washing - wood recycling – work...

Safe As Houses

Winner Trading

Safe As Houses is an initiative that invites people to invest ethically in properties to provide safe housing for women and children who are in crisis, fleeing domestic violence.
The initiative is promoted to potential buy to let landlords who are looking for a good return on their investment as well as creating demonstrable social impact and ...

One Good Thing - The Connection's Pop Up Shop

The Connection at St Martin's

The Connection at St Martin’s has realised a new income stream through donated goods in 2015/16

The Volunteer Manager felt that this was an underutilised resource and set about improving both the quality and quantity of donations received, and undertook selling unneeded items.

Firstly he set up a relationship with Kensington & C...

Calderdale Flood Fund

Community Foundation for Calderdale

‘community, kindness, hard graft, a shoulder to cry on, friendship, pies and curry, resilience, laughter, help from strangers, sharing, strong tea, yorkshire grit… what got us through the floods of 2015’

The Boxing Day Floods were devastating for 1000’s of Calder Valley res...

The Big Hoot 2015

Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity

Birmingham Children’s Hospital required a campaign that raised awareness of the charity on a wider scale than ever before and engaged with supporters that didn’t have a personal connection to the hospital.

Working in partnership with public art specialists Wild in Art, the charity created a brand-new family-friendly campaign that...

The First Feet Campaign

The Leprosy Mission (England & Wales)

‘Feet First’ was the most successful fundraising campaign in the 140-year history of The Leprosy Mission. Generous donors gave and leveraged over £2.3m to help sufferers in Mozambique during the summer of 2015.

The Leprosy Mission England & Wales is a Christian International Development charity. We work in 11 countries in A...

Brave the Shave

Macmillan Cancer Support

Brave the Shave completed its second and extremely successful year raising £4.3 million against an original target of £750,000, with over 20,000 people signing up to take part. Brave the Shave, began as Shave or Style in 2014, the shave ask was clearly proven and the campaign evolved to become Brave the Shave in 2015...

'Give to GOSH' Appeal

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. We sought a media partnership to raise money to meet the hospital’s most urgent funding needs and to engage both a London and national audience ...

Travels to my Elephant

Elephant Family & Quintessentially Foundation

Travels to my Elephant was a campaign inspired by the bestselling book of Elephant Family’s late founder, Mark Shand. The concept came to life through a series of events that took place throughout 2015.

The campaign was launched by Goldie Hawn on 1st June 2015, which saw a fleet of elephant infused rickshaws take over the streets o...

Spooky Welly Walk

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

The Spooky Welly Walk is a two mile interactive walk for families that aims to engage a new audience of supporters in a fun, family oriented environment while raising the awareness of lung cancer, our charity and our campaigns. Primarily a recruitment exercise, the event aims to engage multiple generations of families while promoting he...

Passport To BRITs Week

War Child

War Child and O2 teamed up to present Passport to BRITs Week, a series of fundraising gigs offering fans exclusive access to some of the biggest names in music in the most intimate venues.

The series, delivered by War Child and O2 working with the BPI and AEG Live, is supported by media partnerships with the Evening Standard, Rad...

Shaun in the City

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation

‘Shaun in the City’ was a major arts fundraising event from Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, which comprises The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, and Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, the only national charity supporting children’s hospitals ...

Lifesaver Mode

Anthony Nolan

On average people joining the Anthony Nolan register have a 1 in 900 chance of being asked to donate, this drops to 1 in 200 for men aged 16-30. As a result we wanted to create a donor recruitment campaign specifically targeted at young men.

It was decided a partnership with gaming platform Twitch would fit the brief and introduce our brand ...

Washed Away

ActionAid UK

Before the People’s Climate March in London in November and the COP21 talks in Paris (7-8 December), ActionAid wanted to launch a brand marketing campaign to raise awareness of the devastating effect of climate change on children in Bangladesh, and call the public to “march with us”.

The ActionAid team worked with Weber...

Age UK and John Lewis Man on the Moon Christmas campaign

Age UK

As part of its ‘No one should have no one at Christmas’ campaign Age UK formed a partnership with John Lewis’ 'Man on the Moon’ campaign. The partnership included TV, social media, local fundraising events, merchandise and donation mechanics.

The campaign dramatically raised awareness of the issue of lonel...

Change Career, Change Lives


Agency: TMP Worldwide

Our education system is unfair. Children from poorer homes have fewer options, and fewer opportunities. Despite being one of the most exciting jobs in the world, the UK is facing teacher shortages and it is schools in low-income communities that are likely to suffer the most.

In response to this, Teach First launche...

Dogs Trust 'Special Someone'

Dogs Trust

Agency: Kitcatt Nohr

More and more people are getting dogs online - which means there had been a drop in numbers of people going to Dogs Trust Rehoming Centres.

With an emotional and heart-warming campaign, we wanted to encourage people to do something that made them feel like a bit of a quiet hero - by visiting Dogs Trust and rehoming a rescue dog.

The idea ...

Shared Interest Society

Shared Interest Society was launched in 1990 and attracted £750,000 in share capital and 600 members in the first year alone. However the real Shared Interest journey started off as early as 1986 when Traidcraft Exchange found that the main challenge faced by fair trade producers was access to working capital. It was out of this revelatio...

Safe Homes for Women

The Preston Road Women's Centre

Between 2012 and 2015, Winner the Preston Road Women's Centre in conjunction with its Trading Arm, Winner Trading Ltd, sourced grant and loan investment to acquire and refurbish 56 Empty Homes to house women and children fleeing domestic violence and abuse. Working with a consortium of agencies and supported by Kingston Upon Hull Ci...

Growing Support

Growing Support was set up in 2013 to transform underused care home gardens into thriving growing spaces and lively hubs of community activity. We tackle loneliness, social isolation and inactivity experienced by older people living in residential care.

We do this through the delivery of regular sociable and therapeutic gardening clubs held ...

Autism Life Dogs

We are a small non-profit organisation making a big impact on the lives of children and families with autism through special lifelong companionships.

Autism Life Dogs are therapy dogs highly-trained in a unique programme of games and activities to aid the development of physical, cognitive, life and social skills; support speech & la...

The Wave Project

The Wave Project started as a small voluntary project in Cornwall and grown to become the first nation-wide surf therapy project in the UK. Now a registered charity, last year the project helped over 700 children reduce isolation and improve their mental health and well-being by accessing free, therapeutic surfing courses and a follow-on su...

Sal's Shoes

Sal's Shoes was founded in 2013 to find new feet for children's pre-loved shoes. Children tend to outgrow their shoes before they outwear them and with an estimated 300 million barefoot children in the world, we are determined to get as many of these types of shoes walking again. We collect all sorts of types of shoes and find them new ...

Vision for a Nation Foundation

Vision for a Nation (VFAN) is a small charity with a big vision - we believe that everyone, no matter where they are from, should have access to affordable eye care. An estimated 2.5 billion people globally cannot see clearly because they lack access to eye care. We have developed a pioneering new model to rapidly deliver universal eye care...

Partnership Awards

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells Aircraft Finance Practice undertook legal work involved in the purchase of London Air Ambulance's second helicopter. The trans-national transaction was done on an entirely pro bono basis. Their efforts were supported by a fundraising and awareness campaign by the firm raising over £150,000. This purchase allows charity L...

Anthony Collins Solicitors

Anthony Collins Solicitors exists ‘to improve lives, communities and society’. Our understanding of and commitment to the voluntary sector underpins the ethos of the whole firm not just a department or team.

We have worked with charities and other not-for-profit bodies since 1973, and we are independently ranked in the top 5 ...

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins have saved Cancer Research UK thousands of pounds in legal fees by negotiating venue hire contracts for over 500 events in the last 20 months, on a pro bono basis.

The impact of this work has meant that not only can the charity be secure in the knowledge that their reputation and liability is protected, but more mone...

Cat Population Control Group

In 2013, nine of the UK's leading animal welfare groups formed a collaboration called the Cat Population Control Group (CPCG) with the aim of maximising the effectiveness of cat neutering efforts in the UK. Despite the best efforts of the UK's rescue organisations in providing subsidised neutering schemes - amounting to in excess of &po...

Collaboration House

The Fayre Share Foundation (FSF), founded by serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Maurice Ostro OBE, has created a world-first in charitable partnership by establishing a unique initiative that is having enormous positive social impact in strengthening community cohesion and integration. 

The initiative is Collaboration House,...

Lambeth Integrated Personalised Support Alliance

The Lambeth Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA) offers people who currently go into long-term, expensive hospital rehabilitation wards or registered care homes the chance to live more independently, offering community rehabilitation where possible as an alternative to hospital.

The IPSA launched in April 2015 and offers perso...

The Big Music Project

The Big Music Project is a hugely successful and innovative national partnership that equips young people across the UK with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to create successful futures in the music and creative industries. Channelling the unique powers of music and youth work, the programme addresses the issues of youth unem...

Forster Communications

FitzRoy is a national charity that supports people with learning disabilities. It wanted to give a voice to parents of people with learning disabilities on the pressures they felt caring for their children.

The charity worked with Forster Communications to develop and promote a report about those pressures, specifically the concerns many par...

WPN Chameleon

In 2015/16 we worked with over 50 charity clients in almost every different cause, from health to animals, overseas development to children. We helped to raise many millions of pounds of charitable income. We have recruited new donors, upgraded existing donors, developed new products, introduced charities to new channels, la...

PHA Media

Working in partnership with Living Streets, we developed and implemented a campaign to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking and contribute to behaviour change, particularly among adults.

Our highly successful campaign generated 452 pieces of on message coverage across national print, broadcast and online media, as we...

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and Lynx

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK, but as of early 2015 national awareness was only 20%. Male suicide was not on the public agenda nor being talked about among demographic where it is the biggest killer - young men.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity dedicated to pre...

Lloyds Bank Foundation and Lloyds Banking Group

Charity Mentoring Programme

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales called upon its corporate counterpart, Lloyds Banking Group, to contribute its scale and human resources to strengthen and develop small and medium-sized charities through a new Charity Mentoring Programme. This venture brought together both organisations and the best of corporate and voluntary s...

Place2Be and Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Working together to transform young lives

18 months in, Place2Be's COTY partnership with Bank of America Merrill Lynch has already exceeded all expectations and targets set for its two year duration. In the words of Simon Mackenzie-Smith, Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking for UK and Ireland: "This is our most successful charity partnership to date and has way ex...

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, British Red Cross and Land Rover

Land Rover (LR) and the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) share a vision of the world in which everyone in crisis gets the help they need. This ground-breaking partnership has been managed by the British Red Cross (BRC) since 2013 and aims to reach 1 million vulnerable people around the world and raise £1...

Breast Cancer Care and The Football Association


They say 'opposites attract' - and this remarkable partnership was a beautiful match. Two sides came together to share resources, expertise and reach to engage new audiences with life-saving information.

Breast cancer is the UK's most common cancer and every year it claims the lives of around 11,600 of our loved ones (that...

Talent Awards

Alastair Stewart OBE

Naomi House & Jacksplace

In 2014 we set out to rebuild Naomi House Children’s Hospice, and knew raising an additional £4 million on top of our £7 million annual target was a huge challenge. It was clear that we needed a figurehead for the appeal; somebody who had gravitas, passion and a commitment to our cause.

Alastair Stewart OBE had long had...

David Gandy

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

David is committed to Battersea and we are so truly lucky to have him as an Ambassador – he really is a true champion for the Home and makes a huge impact to our work, reaching millions in the process. Through his social media channels and own contacts David helps us secure major funding and promotes the work of our charity in every way h...

Mathew Bose

The Encephalitis Society

Stage and screen actor Mathew Bose became involved with The Encephalitis Society after a close friend was affected by the neurological condition in 2006.
He was formally appointed our first ambassador the following year and has devoted countless hours to raising awareness of encephalitis and supporting us.
Mathew, is well-known for his role a...

Fred Sirieix

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

Fred Sirieix, General Manager of Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows, became a popular TV star as the charming Maitre D' in Channel 4's "First Dates." Worried about the prevalence of violence and crime in his local area due to deprivation and lack of opportunities, Fred, along with top chef Chris Galvin&#...

Claire Horton

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

With Claire’s leadership and innovation Battersea is transforming the way it works to ensure it is fit for the future, able to meet the ever increasing demands on its vital 155 year old services and building the Home’s capacity to increase its impact for animals.

Claire leads by example and sets high standards for herself and her...

Sarah Lindsell

The Brain Tumour Charity

Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity since 2011, is a passionate ambassador for the brain tumour community with a cast-iron commitment to defeating brain tumours and improving quality of life. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and survival rates have improved little in over 40...

Amanda Batten

Contact A Family

The time Amanda Batten has been Contact a Family’s CEO has been a time of change for families with disabled children and, under her leadership, it’s been a time of transformational change for the charity.
Amanda’s belief that there’s nothing inevitable about the isolation and injustice experienced by many families w...

Jane Powell

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Jane Powell founded CALM, as CEO, 10 years ago with a singular mission to prevent male suicide - the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

She has led a clear and direct approach to tackling this issue:

1. Offering support to men in crisis - building a national helpline receiving 6000 calls per month and webchat service.


Robert Music

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust

Robert joined Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in 2008 as the only full time employee. Under his leadership, the charity has grown to a team of 15 staff and increased income from just £149,809 (2007-8) to £1.1 million (2015-16). Cervical cancer is a preventable disease and Robert works tirelessly to drive forward the charities&r...

Clive Conway

Tutu Foundation UK

When Clive Conway became chairman of the Tutu Foundation UK in October 2014 a number of important projects were coming to an end with no new projects or funding in place.

Since becoming chairman Clive Conway has energised the Tutu Foundation building and managing a vibrant and diverse team of trustees, consultants and ambassadors who work to...

Maurice Ostro OBE

Fayre Share Foundation

As Founder and Chair of the Trustees of Fayre Share Foundation (FSF), Maurice Ostro OBE has pioneered a world-first in charity collaboration driven by his deep-rooted commitment to reducing inequalities and strengthening social integration.

A successful entrepreneur, he previously created a multi-cultural cohesive community in his compan...

Jack Firth

Healthwatch Bolton

Jack Firth has been the Chairman of Healthwatch Bolton since 2013. A skilled Chairman, inspirational leader and wonderful colleague he brings a deep sense of humanity and many years of experience as a trade union official to his role as Patient's Champion and his job as Chairman of our small charity.

Much of what Healthwatch has achieved...


Refuge’s small, dynamic communications team has shown incredible initiative and dedication over the past year.

We launched two major campaigns: My Money, My Life, which saw Refuge partner with The Co-operative Bank to raise awareness of financial abuse; and #GiveThemRefuge, launched to highlight the impact of domestic viole...

Keech Hospice Care

Keech Hospice Care is an adult hospice for Luton and South Bedfordshire and the children’s hospice for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Whilst their work has focused on creating and distributing content to raise awareness of Keech, their activities have exceeded expectations and helped generated funds.

The team has...

London's Air Ambulance

London's Air Ambulance

For a small charity, raising £4 million for a second helicopter is no mean feat. The small communications team of three at London’s Air Ambulance were tasked to develop a campaign, in collaboration with fundraising, to inspire Londoners to help them deliver this goal. The ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’, c...

Shooting Star Chase

The Shooting Star Chase Communications Team as it looks today came together in late 2013 and since then has influenced a complete turnaround in fortunes in both external achievements and perception internally. This submission draws on examples from the last 12 months but also includes earlier context to highlight the scale of achievement.

In ter...

David Barlow

Career Connect Finance Team

Arthritis Care

The arrival of a new CEO at Arthritis Care three years ago marked a new beginning, with a Director of Fundraising arriving a year later. Fundraising was in a huge state of decline (£10m to £5m over a seven year period). Two years is not long to turn a ship around, but the team have managed to do just that.

Through dedication&...


The Deliver Life Project Team at Wateraid was established to lead what would become our most successful appeal to date. The group consisted of members across the organisation with their own remit and objectives who had to work collaboratively to achieve the £5m public fundraising target.

The campaign spanned 3 months and consisted of a lar...

Save the Children

At Save the Children, putting supporters at the heart of our planning and decision-making has created significant income and change for children. Together, we’re an amazing fundraising team.

In 2015/16 we launched a Supporter Promise, clearly outlining our guarantee to supporters; we invested in exciting propositions (Den Day&#...

Cancer Research UK

Imagine a team of ambitious, driven, motivated individuals that are excited by a challenge. A team who thrive under pressure, who love successes and see every unsuccessful occasion as an opportunity. A team committed to releasing the income opportunity from partners to help beat cancer. Meet the Corporate Partnerships Team in Volunteer ...

London's Air Ambulance

Over the last two years, London’s Air Ambulance has seen an unprecedented financial performance by its small fundraising team, which resulted in the acquisition of a second emergency medical helicopter for London – a vital and much anticipated extension of the service. In the financial year 2014-15, the fundraising team gene...

Tom Rosewall

Vision for a Nation Foundation

VFAN CEO, Tom Rosewall, has played a galvanising leadership role in the organisation’s successful support of the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MoH) in providing all of the country’s 10.5 million people with access to life-changing, local and affordable eye care – something that no other emerging nation has achieved. This...

Jane Carr

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire

Jane Carr has been Chief Executive with Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire (VIN) since July 2013. VIN is the leading infrastructure support organisation across Northamptonshire. The current turnover for the organisation is over £700,000 which is made up of a variety of contracts with public and private sector partners, plus a number of...

Ruth Hunt


Ruth Hunt is the Chief Executive of Stonewall, the largest organisation for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality in Europe. Ruth took on the role of Acting Chief Executive in February 2014 and was formally appointed as Chief Executive in July 2014, having worked in various positions in the organisation since 2004. Throughout h...

Anna Smee

UK Youth

Anna Smee has brought UK Youth a long way in a short period of time following its turbulent year in 2014. Among the challenges presented to the youth sector through ongoing funding cuts, Anna made quick moves to turnaround UK Youth’s financial forecast and has since driven strategic direction, encompassing reflective learning; youth-l...

Claire Jenkins

Grow Movement

Claire is a phenomenal leader. Charismatic, and charming with passion and drive that is unrivalled. Her energy is infectious, inspiring and motivating those around her. She is focused and gets results, creating over 1,000 new jobs in East Africa and lifting over 60,000 out of poverty. In her first two years she won recognition f...

Sarah Ezekiel

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Sarah Ezekiel has been involved in raising awareness and campaigning for the rights of people with MND for over seven years. In March 2016 Sarah spoke at a reception in Parliament celebrating the work of hospices attended by over 100 clinicians. Sarah is the secretary for the North West London Branch of the MND Association, using a Eyegaze she ...

Hannah Goodwin

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Hannah Goodwin is like CALM’s Swiss army knife. She can do anything – a street team volunteer, fundraiser, photographer and social media stalwart.

Hannah and her family became involved with CALM just over three years ago after her younger brother Luke died by suicide. After seeking support from CALM the family got involved as...

Sam Greatrex

Macmillan Cancer Support

When Sam was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at just 10 years old, he and his family found the support of his Macmillan nurse invaluable. Sam was so grateful that he decided to do whatever he could to make sure Macmillan was there for other families. He’s dedicated much of his life to achieving this goal – and he’s done it...

Sarah Earl

Sidcup Gingerbread Group

We currently have a network of 112 single mums and dads volunteering to run a local Gingerbread group. We’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate the work of one of our volunteers, Sarah Earl who runs Sidcup Gingerbread group at the New Generation Centre, Sidcup, part of the Sure Start Children’s Centre network.


Zoe Grant

Over The Wall

Zoe has totally transformed the volunteer programme for Over The Wall, (OTW), not only in scale but also in design, diversity and quality. In 3 years Zoe has grown annual volunteer numbers by 40% and created new opportunities for volunteering to underrepresented groups.
Zoe feels passionately about enabling those who have the most to g...

Cecilie Cromar

Age UK

The AgeUK Morpeth shop has been managed by Cecilie since it opened in June 1999 and she has built up the shop's reputation so it is very much a destination within the town.

It’s fair to say that Cecilie has supported hundreds of volunteers in this time and currently has 16 volunteers who contribute upwards of 150 hours each week to the...

Zoe Byrne

Princess Alice Hospice

Volunteers are vital to the future of our Hospice. In a very short space of time Zoe Byrne has transformed our approach to recruiting, training, developing and managing our 1,200 volunteers, whether that’s by redesigning the recruitment process so that it is responsive and streamlined, introducing “Excellence in volu...

Paul Vitty


Paul is responsible for volunteer management across Welcare including recruiting and training all new volunteers. He is responsible for maintaining effective support and supervision structures and has overall responsibility for all volunteers as well as giving direct support to those line managing volunteers. When Paul joined Welcare in 2012, t...

Eric Iyaremye

Grow Movement

Eric, a native Rwandan has managed over 150 volunteers in the last 3 years who reside in 30 countries. His strong, personable and professional leadership of his volunteer team has significant impact in Rwanda. He has created over 150 new jobs and lifted over 10,000 people out of poverty. He has the highest customer care score of all of ...

Lifetime Achievement

Sir Stephen Bubb


This year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement prize at the Third Sector Awards discusses his highs and lows of leading the charity chief executives body Acevo for 15 years and why he believes the sector has been let down by its leaders.

Winners Gallery 2016

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