Cancer Research UK, the British Red Cross, the domestic violence support charity Refuge and Sal’s Shoes, which providers footwear for children in poverty around the world, are among the organisations to be shortlisted for this year’s Third Sector Awards.
The awards, which recognise the achievements of charities, social enterprises and the companies that support them, comprise 26 categories, including Charity Partnership of the Year, Rising Chief Executive and the Small Charity, Big Achiever award, which recognises small organisations that have punched above their weight.
The Prison Radio Association, Refuge, the creative arts charity Create and the Campaign Against Living Miserably are all shortlisted in the Charity of the Year category.
The five shortlisted entries in the Charity Chief Executive category are: Amanda Batten of Contact A Family, Claire Horton of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Jane Powell of the Campaign Against Living Miserably, Robert Music of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Sarah Lindsell of the the Brain Tumour Charity.
A panel of 44 judges chaired by the outgoing RNIB chief executive Lesley-Anne Alexander reduced the more than 330 entries to the shortlist of 109.
Andy Hillier, editor of Third Sector, said the judges had a tough time whittling down the entries.
"It’s testament to the sector that, despite tough times, it is still producing projects of outstanding quality," he said. "I can’t wait for the winners to be revealed."
The awards will be presented at a black-tie ceremony at the Lancaster London hotel on 14 September.
For the full list of shortlisted organisations, click here.