The DEC and Karma Nirvana are among the finalists in this year's Britain's Most Admired Charities awards

The awards, which will be presented in September, celebrate excellence in the sector and the winners are chosen by a vote of charity chief executives

The humanitarian charity the Disasters Emergency Committee and Karma Nirvana, which supports victims of forced marriage, are among the finalists in this year’s Britain’s Most Admired Charities awards.

The awards celebrate excellence in the third sector and the winners are chosen by a vote of sector chief executives.

There are three categories this year: Most Admired Charity, Most Admired Chief Executive and Celebrity Charity Champion.

The finalists in the Most Admired Charity category are the dementia charity the Alzheimer’s Society, the Disasters Emergency Committee, Karma Nirvana, the Scottish-based poverty charity Mary’s Meals and the homelessness charity Shelter.

On the shortlist for this year’s Most Admired Chief Executive is Lesley-Anne Alexander of the sight-loss charity the RNIB, Henny Braund of the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, Catherine Howarth of the responsible investment charity Share Action, Sara Llewellin of the social justice grant-maker the Barrow Cadbury Trust and Clive Martin of the criminal justice infrastructure body Clinks.

The shortlist for the Celebrity Charity Champion comprises the Labour Party’s former head of communications Alastair Campbell, the music impresario Simon Cowell, the comedian and actor Sir Lenny Henry, the TV presenter Kate Humble and the British tennis star Andy Murray.

The finalists were nominated by senior figures within the charity sector and Third Sector’s columnists. Details about the finalists’ achievements can be found here.

The winners will be decided by a vote among chief executives of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. To take part in the voting, which closes on 7 August, chief executives should click here.

The awards are sponsored by the professional services firm Deloitte, which will provide pro-bono support of up to £10,000 to the winner of the Britain’s Most Admired Charity award.

The winners will be announced at the Third Sector Awards on 24 September at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

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