FareShare, James Partridge, Joanna Lumley and St Giles Trust take the top spots in Third Sector's awards
Actress Joanna Lumley won the Celebrity Charity Champion award for the second time at the Britain's Most Admired Charities awards last night.
Lumley, who was presented with her award by 2008's celebrity winner Duncan Bannatyne of Dragons' Den, spoke about her support for the campaign to grant residence rights to former Gurkhas.
"I can't tell you what this award means to me," she said. "I'm so thrilled and so proud."
The four winners, chosen in a vote of sector chief executives, received their awards at a ceremony hosted by Barclays on the 30th floor of the bank's headquarters in Canary Wharf in London.
Most Admired Chief Executive was won by James Partridge, chief executive of disfigurement charity Changing Faces. "It is fantastic to have been voted on by your peers to win this award," said Partridge.
The food poverty charity FareShare won the Most Admired Charity award. Tony Lowe, its chief executive, told the audience: "People always say they're shocked at winning an award - but we truly are shocked."
The Most Innovative Charity award went to the St Giles Trust, which works with ex-offenders. Colin Lambert, the community services south team leader at the charity, said he was overwhelmed: "I don't know what's better - winning this award or meeting Joanna Lumley."
WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP
Most Admired Charity
Second place: RNIB
Third place: The Woodland Trust
Most Admired Chief Executive
Winner: James Partridge, Changing Faces
Second place: Joyce Moseley, Catch22
Third place: Lynne Berry, WRVS
Most Innovative Charity
Winner: St Giles Trust
Second place: Mary’s Meals
Third place: Mothertongue
Celebrity Charity Champion
Winner: Joanna Lumley
Second place: Eddie Izzard
Third place: Stephen Fry