FareShare wins Third Sector Charity of the Year award

The food redistribution charity is among the many winners of awards handed out at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square

The food redistribution charity FareShare has been named Charity of the Year at the Third Sector Awards.

The winners of the awards, which recognise the outstanding work carried out by charities, not-for-profit organisations and their partners, were announced at a black-tie dinner at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, hosted by the comedian Hal Cruttenden. The awards were supported by the headline sponsor Markel, the specialist insurance firm.

FareShare sends good food that would otherwise be thrown away to charities and community groups, which turn it into meals for vulnerable people. It saved more than 13,000 tonnes of food last year, which was turned into more than 28 million meals.

Other winners on the night included the homelessness charity Crisis, which won two awards on the night: Fundraising Campaign for its Croydon Capital Appeal and Fundraising Team of the Year.

Deborah Alsina of Bowel Cancer UK won the Charity Chief Executive award, Anna Rose Barker was named Charity Chair of the Year for her work with the British Youth Council and Jonathan Spiers of the autism research charity Autistica took home the Rising Chief Executive award, which is given to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to their organisation or the wider sector during their first two years in post.

The charities Autism Life Dogs and On Road, which aims to tackle social problems by improving media coverage of misrepresented groups and issues, were the joint winners of the Small Charity, Big Achiever award, which is open to organisations with annual incomes of less than £500,000 that have made a significant impact with their work.

Autism Life Dogs was honoured for its work in placing assistance dogs as companions for children who are on the autistic spectrum. On Road was recognised for its campaign All About Trans, which aimed to change the visibility and portrayal of transgender people in the UK media.

The husband-and-wife pair of wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and rower Helen Glover were named Celebrity Charity Champions for their work supporting the conservation charity the World Land Trust.

Lisa Mari Hilder, trustee of Winner, the Preston Road Women’s Centre in Hull, who has helped to raise more than £10m for women’s services in Yorkshire, took home the Volunteer of the Year award.

The full list of winners

Annual Report Street League

Best Charity Law Firm Clifford Chance

Big Impact Award Plan International UK

Brand Development Barnardo's

Breakthrough of the Year Age UK

Celebrity Charity Champions Steve and Helen Backshall, World Land Trust

Charity Chair of the Year Anna Rose Barker, British Youth Council

Charity Chief Executive Deborah Alsina, Bowel Cancer UK

Charity of the Year FareShare

Charity Partnership of the Year Lawfield Community Project

Communications Agency Campaign of the Year McCann London for Doctors of the World UK

Communications Campaign of the Year The Scout Association for Cubs100

Communications Team of the Year Electrical Safety First

Corporate Partnership of the Year Macmillan Cancer Support with npower

Digital Innovation of the Year British Heart Foundation for #RestartaHeart

Enterprise Award The Grand Appeal

Finance Team of the Year Amnesty International

Fundraising Campaign Crisis for Croydon Capital Appeal

Fundraising Event Freedom from Torture for The Great Street Feast

Fundraising Team of the Year Crisis

Marketing Campaign of the Year RHS Campaign for School Gardening for Rocket Science

Rising Chief Executive Jonathan Spiers, Autistica

Small Charity, Big Achiever Autism Life Dogs and On Road

Volunteer of the Year Lisa Mari Hilder, Winner, the Preston Road Women's Centre

Volunteer Team of the Year Anthony Nolan

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