A programme which prevented millions of meals going to waste, a scheme to train some of the world’s poorest people to pump their own water, and a series of innovative restaurants in prisons are among 30 inspiring projects shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2017.
The Charity Awards is the charity sector’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony.
Charities are judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice which other organisations can learn from across ten categories.
The category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black tie dinner on 8 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.
The evening will be hosted by BBC presenter Louise Minchin, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.
Other shortlisted charities include a campaign for getting subtitles into most video-on-demand content, and another which matches lonely older people with volunteers for Sunday lunch.
‘Rigorous judging process’
Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist.
He said: “The standard of entries this year was incredible, and the charities we shortlist remain a constant inspiration to all of us.
“For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact.
“We wish all the charities the very best of luck on the night.”
‘Provides inspiration to everyone working within the sector’
John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: "CAF's purpose is to support the amazing work of charities and it is always a huge pleasure to focus on their achievements at The Charity Awards.
"Nominees on the shortlist this year are examples of large and small charities at their very best. They are truly leaders in their field innovating, supporting and helping people in communities across the UK and overseas.
"Recognising the incredible work undertaken by these charities reveals what an important difference they make to so many people's lives and provides inspiration to everyone working within the sector."
The Charity Awards coincide with the General Election 2017, and although the Awards will have finished by the time polls close, those attending will have the opportunity to watch election coverage live on our main screen. We expect to have coverage all the way from the exit polls through to the first results being announced.
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