The Prison Radio Association has been named Charity of the Year at the Third Sector Awards.
The awards, now in their 12th 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 Lancaster London hotel, hosted by the comedian Mark Watson. The awards were supported by headline sponsor Markel, the specialist insurance firm.
The Prison Radio Association developed and runs National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for prisoners, which aims to provide practical advice, support and inspirational content to prisoners.
It broadcasts to more than 100 prisons in England and Wales and more than a third of prisoners say they tune in every day.
Other winners at the event included Sir Stephen Bubb, who stood down this year as head of the charity chief executives body Acevo. He received the Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award.
Claire Horton from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home was named Charity Chief Executive of the Year. Clive Conway of the Tutu Foundation UK won the award for Charity Chair of the Year and Tom Rosewall of the Vision for a Nation Foundation was named Rising Chief Executive.
The newsreader Alastair Stewart won the Celebrity Charity Champion award for his support of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices.
Organisational winners included Arthritis Care, which won the Fundraising Team award, Refuge, which took home the Communications Team award, and the Community Foundation for Calderdale, which won the Fundraising Campaign award for its Calderdale Flood Fund appeal.
The suicide-prevention charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably was presented with the Corporate Partnership award for its work with the male grooming brand Lynx, and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation was presented with the Big Impact Award for its sexual health campaign MTV Shuga.
Read about all the winners below: