Sheila McKechnie Award winners announced

Phone masts and gay rights in Kenya among the campaigns to inspire the judges from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Newsreader and awards host Jon Snow
Newsreader and awards host Jon Snow

A woman campaigning for the removal of a phone mast from near her children’s school and a man raising awareness about the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Kenya were among the winners of the Sheila McKechnie Campaigner Awards yesterday.

The awards, which recognise the outstanding contributions of campaigners to social, environmental and economic justice, were presented at a ceremony in London hosted by newsreader Jon Snow, who is a patron of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Tony Juniper, former executive director of Friends of the Earth, Lord Herman Ouseley and broadcaster Anna Raeburn presented the prizes.

Lara Fashola won the local campaigner award for her continuing campaign against a council and phone company to remove the mast.

Bernard Wakoli won the international campaigner award for his advocacy work on sexual orientation and gender diversity in Kenya.

Linda Butcher, the chief executive of the foundation, said the award winners "demonstrate that, while there are wrongs, abuses, injustices and inequalities, there are also individuals and communities working tirelessly to do something about them".

The awards, which were held for the fifth year, commemorate the campaigner Dame Sheila McKechnie. The foundation set up in her name now funds charity campaigners.

 

The winners

 

Consumer Action Award

Pete Davis: Part Time Carnivore. For launching a website that encourages people to eat less meat.

 

Environment Award

Alice Farr, Woodland Trust: WoodWatch. For working with WoodWatch to help communities protect trees.

 

International Campaigner Award

Benard Wakoli: Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Advocacy - Kenya. For campaigning to raise awareness of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Mumias community in western Kenya.

 

Local Campaigner Award

Lara Fashola: Phone Mast Removal. For working with a local parents group to campaign for the removal of a phone mast just yards away from her children’s school.

 

London Social Justice Award

Noori Bibi: Young Muslim Voices. For challenging negative perceptions about young Muslims, women and refugees.

 

Shout Out! (for school students)

Lia Temple, Toni Alqe, Jattu Kallon, Shauntae Reeder, Madeline Agyeman-Badu: Bin It Right - La Sainte Union School, Camden. For telling people about recycling options in their school and beyond.

 

Social Inclusion Award

Ilena Day: Look Ok...Feel Crap? - Depression Alliance Scotland. For supporting people struggling with depression in Scotland.

 

Transport Award

Claire Prospert: Newcastle Cycling Campaign. For establishing a cycling campaign for Newcastle.

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