Five charities nominated for 'most admired' status

All sector chief executives are invited to vote in Third Sector awards

Charities as diverse as Help for Heroes and the Woodland Trust are among the five nominated for the main accolade in Third Sector's Britain's Most Admired Charities awards this year.

The other three are Fareshare, which distributes unwanted food, the sight-loss charity the RNIB and the RNLI. There are three other awards - Most Admired Chief Executive, Most Innovative Charity and Celebrity Charity Champion.

Voting for this year's nominees, chosen by Third Sector and a panel of advisers, is restricted to chief executives of voluntary organisations and must be done electronically by visiting

All who vote are eligible to come to the awards ceremony on 16 March on the spectacular 30th floor of Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf, east London. The deadline for voting is the end of the day on Monday 8 March.

The awards will be presented by Duncan Bannatyne, a panel member from Dragon's Den on TV, who won the Celebrity Charity Champion award at the  awards last year. The Children's Society won Most Admired Charity, Clare Tickell of Action for Children was Most Admired Chief Executive and the London Community Recycling Network won Most Innovative Charity.

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