Peacock 'won’t stop' after receiving Lifetime Achievement award

Geraldine Peacock, the former chair of the Charity Commission, received the Lifetime Achievement award at last night's Third Sector Excellence Awards.

It was one of 23 awards handed out for achievement in the voluntary sector at a glittering ceremony at London's Hurlingham Club.

Peacock was the first commission chair after David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, reorganised the regulator's structure. She is also credited with turning round the National Autistic Society and Guide Dogs during spells as chief executive of each organisation.

"A Lifetime Achievement award doesn't mean you have to stop," she said. "We have the power and opportunity to show people you can do things well, but not expensively."

She received her award from host Paul Ross, who joked that Third Sector had originally booked his brother Jonathan, but he had been forced to cancel after being put on the "Sachs offenders register".

Other winners on the night included Storybook Dads, which won the Small Charity, Big Achiever award. The charity records prisoners reading children's bedtime stories and sends the recordings to their children.

Help the Aged won the Big Impact award for its role in convincing the Government to introduce anti-ageism legislation. For a full list of winners, see the special supplement that will appear with next week's Third Sector.

Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector, gave a speech in which he said there would be opportunities as well as challenges during the economic downturn. Shadow charities minister Nick Hurd also presented one of the awards.

Read about the winners here and view pictures from the night on our Flickr gallery.


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