Geldof leads awards given to all sectors of society

Katherine Demopoulos

The Beacon Fellowship has recognised Sir Bob Geldof's contributions in the past 20 years by awarding him its flagship prize for leadership.

The charity, set up to encourage a stronger culture of giving in the UK, announced 18 awards last week, from an original list of 400 nominees.

From celebrities such as Jamie Oliver, voted the most generous celebrity for his contribution to disadvantaged young people, to Francesca D'Arcy, the most generous young person, the charity highlighted the work of people from all sectors of society.

Jake Bonsall was named as young philanthropist for the community literacy and drugs projects he has set up on the Sheffield estate on which he lives, and Major Richard Carr-Gomm was awarded a lifetime achievement award.

Over 50 years, he has set up residential centres worldwide to help people overcome loneliness.

Emily Stonor, chief executive of Beacon, said Geldof had great powers of leadership and persuasion and that Band Aid had made giving to charity exciting.

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