IoF Convention 2005: Youth and experience recognised at prize-giving ceremony

Georgina Lock

Two fundraisers from different generations were recognised at this year's awards at the convention for their commitment to the profession.

Ruth Ruderham, direct marketing manager at Crisis, was selected as Professional Fundraiser of the Year. Guy Stringer won the Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising prize.

Ruderham, 28, was described at the ceremony as being "renowned for innovation, personality, commitment and contribution to the sector".

She was also a trustee and now volunteers for Caris homelessness charity in Islington.

The judges noted that when she has lacked skills for a project, Ruderham has acquired them - for example, by gaining a copywriting qualification to brief her external copywriters.

Stringer won his award for his huge influence in fundraising, but was too ill to receive the award in person. He joined Oxfam in 1969, becoming director in 1982. He promoted the role of fundraising as connecting the donor with the cause, and oversaw a growth in income from £2.5m to £51m.

After being handed a pincushion by a Vietnamese refugee in Hong Kong, he started buying handcrafts from the developing world and selling them in the UK. Simon Collings, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, said: "We wouldn't have fair trade if it wasn't for Guy's pincushion."

Stringer also dedicated time and energy to the Resource Alliance and in 2002 he established the Guy Stringer Development and Bursary Fund.

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