Shortlists announced for this year's Third Sector Awards

Tickets are available for the 21 September dinner, at the London Marriott Hotel, until 15 August at an early-bird rate

The food distribution charity FareShare, the Scout Association, Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Hen Welfare Trust are among the organisations to be shortlisted in this year’s Third Sector Awards.

The awards, which recognise the achievements of charities, social enterprises and the companies that support them, comprise 25 categories, including Digital Innovation of the Year, Rising Chief Executive and the Small Charity, Big Achiever award, which recognises small organisations that have punched above their weight.

Auditory Verbal UK, which helps babies and young children with permanent hearing loss to listen and talk, FareShare, the housing and support charity the Langley House Trust and the Scout Association have all been shortlisted for Charity of the Year.

The entries were judged by a panel of 37 judges chaired by Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, who won the Charity Chief Executive award last year.

Deborah Alsina of Bowel Cancer UK, Sophie Andrews of the helpline The Silver Line, Phil Maguire of the Prison Radio Association and Judith Moran of Quaker Social Action have all been shortlisted for this year’s Charity Chief Executive award.

A total of 96 unique organisations are represented in the 109 entries that have been shortlisted across all categories.

The presenter Bear Grylls has been shortlisted for Celebrity Charity Champion for his work with the Scout Association, alongside the actor Martin Clunes for his support for Macmillan Cancer Support, the presenter Paul O’Grady for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and his wife, the double Olympic champion rower Helen, for their support of the World Land Trust.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner on the evening of 21 September at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

Tickets are on sale now, with an early-bird rate available until 15 August.

For the full list of shortlisted organisations, click here.

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