Action for Children and Merlin top the IoF Awards

The children's charity and the international health charity won two awards each at last night's Institute of Fundraising National Awards

The Plumpy Nut Challenge by Merlin won an award
The Plumpy Nut Challenge by Merlin won an award

Action for Children won two awards and one of its volunteer fundraisers won a third at the Institute of Fundraising's National Awards last night.

The children's charity won Fundraising Team of the Year and Most Committed to Learning and Development. Barbara Smith, who has supported the charity for more than 70 years, also won Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year.

The international health charity Merlin won two awards – Best Use of E-media for its Plumpy Nut Challenge, a campaign about malnutrition, and Best Use of Face-to-Face for its Life or Death – Merlin PSMS Measles campaign.

Alan GosschalkAlan Gosschalk (right), director of fundraising at the disability charity Scope and former acting chair of the Institute of Fundraising, won the Lifetime Contribution award.

Ruth Freeman, director of income generation and marketing at the Myton Hospices, won the Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year award, and Rachel Waldron, head of development at the conservation charity Elephant Family, won Best Up-and-Coming Fundraiser.

The award for Child Fundraiser of the Year was won by Bethany Hare, who was nominated by the Martin House Children's Hospice.

The British Heart Foundation won the award for Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign for Love Installations, which asked people to attach messages of love to large sculptures in return for donations.

The literacy charity Beanstalk and the London Evening Standard won the Best Business Charity Partnership award for large charities for Get London Reading, designed to increase literacy in the capital. The African social enterprise Alive and Kicking and the retailer John Lewis won the Best Business Charity Partnership award for small charities for their Balls for Africa campaign to provide footballs for schools and youth projects in Kenya.

The winner of Best Donor Development Campaign was the Royal British Legion's Fields of Remembrance 2012, which paid tribute to servicemen and women. The educational charity the Outward Bound Trust won Best Fundraising Organisation to Work For.

Scope won Best Use of Major Donor Fundraising for its Retail Expansion Product, and Cancer Research UK took Best Use of Insight for its Dryathlon, which challenged people to give up alcohol in January and donate the money they saved.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer won Best Use of the Telephone for Touch Look Check, and Save the Children took Best Use of Legacy for its Integrated Legacy Prospecting Campaign 2012.

- See photographs of the awards


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