Charity Times Awards winners announced

The annual Charity Times Awards took place last night at the London Hilton Park Lane accrediting a number of top quality charities for their efforts in the sector.

The Charity of the Year, with more than £1million income, was awarded to Parkinson’s UK and Dr Charlie Alcock, chief executive of MAC-UK, walked away with two awards: as winner of charity of the Year: with less than a million income and the Rising Manager Star Award.

The judges stated that the standard this year was the highest ever.

The full list of awards are as follows:

Charity of the Year: More than a million income:
Winner: Parkinson’s UK
Judges comments: “With a new brand and a new strategy, many of the ambitious goals set, especially in fundraising and raising awareness, have already been achieved or surpassed, transforming the charity with outstanding results.”

Highly commended: Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
“Showed very impressive results in a tough fundraising environment.”

Charity of the Year: less than a million income
Winner: MAC-UK
“Exceptionally good application, great vision, and clear, outstanding and clearly measurable evidence in its results.”

Best New Charity:
Winner: Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK
“A powerful and inspirational application, summed up with two words they use: ‘delivering hope’”.

Outstanding individual achievement:
Winner: Dr Lorna Wing, The National Autistic Society
“A clear contribution to the work of those with autism and helping society to understand autism over many decades.”

Rising Manager Star
Winner: Dr Charlie Alcock
“Showed real determination, persistance, stubbornness, truly inspirational leadership and real personal sacrifice.”

Rising Sector Star
Winner: Afshaan Hena, Reprieve
“A clear sector passion and commitment for all aspects of Human Rights and immigration law.”

Best Charity to Work For:
Winner: Build Africa
"A passionate and committed team."

Highly Commended: Save the Children

Fundraising Team:
Winner: Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal
“Although enjoying a privileged position of endearing characters, the team worked it very effectively, capturing the imagination with excellent results.”

Charity Principal of the Year:
Winner: Dr Rachel Carr, IntoUniversity
“Inspirational leadership, dedication, professionalism and a personal touch are evident as the charity continues to really expand at an impressive-rate.”

Highly commended:
Reverend Andrew Pearson, Busoga Trust
“An outstanding contribution and deserves full sector recognition for his excellent work.”

Campaigning Team of the Year:
Winner: Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
“An outstanding campaign with outstanding results.”

Best Use of Web:
Winner: Samaritans
“Demonstrating a deep understanding of the organisation’s place and role in the digital age, and choosing key strategic partners to develop outstanding and innovate service at low with impressive Return on Investment.”

Highly Commended
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund – “Outstanding use of social media to bring history to live and win new support for the RAFBF”
BeatBullying Big March – “Terrific idea excuted in style with the involvement of multiple partners to ensure inspirational campaign success.”

PR Team of the Year:
Winner: The St John’s Ambulance
“The campaign was strong and decisive and showed plenty of tangible results, with healthy numbers of national editorials and positive blog and social media responses among the impressive figures showing that it started a genuine conversation.”

Best Use of Technology
Winner: BackCare iPhone app (& Apache Solutions)
“A great example of an iPhone app which organisations from all sectors should aspire to, the winner has used this new channel to make its content relevant and appealing to a much wider audience.”

Highly commended:
Photofoundation – “A very smart idea that should develop into a crucial resource for voluntary orgnisations of all sizes.”
WaterAid Water Point Mapper – “A really innovative mashup using GoogleEarth and spreadsheets to deliver real, change to developing countries at a very low cost.”

Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year:
Winner: National Autistic Society/Goldman Sachs
“A great application with clear and constructive collaboration with lasting outcomes and impact.”

Corporate National Partnership:
Winner: Samaritans/Network Rail
“Very well articulated and committed objectives, with real results highlighting a top-class tremendous partnered effort.”

Corporate Community local involvement:
Winner: Halton Haven Hospice/Halton Housing Trust
“Real locally funded and a real engagement with the community.”

Investment Management:
Winner: Quilter
“A clear commitment to charity, a focus of risk management, use of benchmarks and engagement with charities, including through volunteering.”

Winner: Gallagher Heath
“A clear commitment to the sector with a focus on developing the best for staff and providing the sector the best possible service.”

Winner: Unity
“Impressive provision of free banking, clear support for the sector, and well thought out products for big and small charities.”

For all of the pictures of the winners go: here

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