Kids charities win sector's plaudits

Children's charities took the lion's share of trophies in Third Sector's Britain's Most Admired Charities awards this week.

The Children's Society won Britain's Most Admired Charity, and Clare Tickell, leader of Action for Children, was voted the Most Admired Chief Executive.

Most Innovative Charity was the London Community Recycling Network. Celebrity Charity Champion was Duncan Bannatyne, the entrepreneur who features in BBC TV's Dragons' Den.

The awards, in their fifth year, were hosted by Barclays on the 30th floor of its Canary Wharf tower on Monday. Jeremy Wilson, vice-chairman of business banking at the bank, congratulated the winners.

The speaker at the event was Joanna Lumley, winner of Celebrity Charity Champion last year. She talked about her recent campaigns with charities.

The awards were decided by charity chief executives voting for a shortlist drawn up with the advice of a panel of voluntary sector experts.

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