Cancer Research UK’s innovative programme that uses members of the public to spot cancer cells using an online game was among the winners of last night’s Third Sector Awards.
The awards, now in the their 10th year, recognise the outstanding work carried out by charities, not-for-profit organisations and their partners and were presented at a black-tie dinner at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The comedian Marcus Brigstocke hosted the evening.
CRUK won the award for Best Use of Digital for its Citizen Science Programme, which asks people to spot genuine cancer cells and analyse genetic data through online games and mobile phone apps.
Other notable winners on the night were the Women’s Resource Centre, which picked up the prize for Britain’s Most Admired Charity for its tireless work standing up for women’s rights and its membership of women’s organisations, and Girlguiding’s Julie Bentley, who won the coveted award of Most Admired Chief Executive.
This is the first year the BMAC awards, the winners of which are voted for by charity chief executives, have been presented on the same night as the Third Sector Awards.
Category winners of the Third Sector Awards included the UK Network of Sex Work Projects – it won Small Charity, Big Achiever for its National Ugly Mugs scheme, which encourages sex workers to share information about potentially dangerous individuals – and the Prison Radio Association, which won the Enterprise award for the creation of its successful production arm.
Individual winners on the night included Sacha Langton-Gilks, who won Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Brain Tumour Charity. Langton-Gilks’s son David died from a brain tumour two years ago and she has campaigned for better early diagnosis. The award for Rising Chief Executive went to Jo Youle of Missing People for the way she improved the charity’s financial position and profile in recent years.
Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, said: "The winners of this year’s awards once again epitomise the range, the boldness and the brilliance of the work carried out by charities in the UK."
Big Impact Award – Coalition for Continuing Care
Enterprise – Prison Radio Association
Rising Chief Executive – Jo Youle, Missing People
Small Charity, Big Achiever – UK Network of Sex Work Projects
Use of Digital Media – Cancer Research UK for Citizen Science Programme
Volunteer of the Year – Sacha Langton-Gilks, the Brain Tumour Charity
Britain’s Most Admired Charities
Celebrity Charity Champion – Jo Brand
Most Admired Chief Executive – Julie Bentley, Girlguiding
Most Admired Charity – Women’s Resource Centre
Read about all the winners here
See photos from the night here