Prison Radio Association is named Charity of the Year

The 12th Third Sector Awards, hosted by the comedian Mark Watson, also gave a Lifetime Achievement Award to Sir Stephen Bubb, former head of Acevo

Prison Radio Association celebrates at the awards ceremony
Prison Radio Association celebrates at the awards ceremony

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:

Annual Report: Brain Tumour Charity

Best Charity Law Firm: Hogan Lovells International LLP for the Saving Lives in London project      

Big Impact Award: MTV Staying Alive Foundation for MTV Shuga

Brand Development: Breast Cancer Now

Breakthrough of the Year: Royal London Society for Blind People for Wayfindr      

Celebrity Charity Champion: Alastair Stewart with Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices

Charity Chair of the Year: Clive Conway, the Tutu Foundation UK

Charity Chief Executive: Claire Horton, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home      

Charity of the Year: the Prison Radio Association

Charity Partnership of the Year: the Cat Population Control Group      

Communications Agency of the Year: Forster Communications with FitzRoy for Who Will Care After I'm Gone?      

Communications Campaign of the Year: Hubbub Foundation UK for Neat Streets

Communications Team of the Year: Refuge

Corporate Partnership of the Year: Campaign Against Living Miserably with Lynx (Unilever)

Digital Innovation of the Year: Amnesty International UK for 360 Syria      

Enterprise Award: the Royal British Legion for pop-up shops

Financial Leadership Award: David Barlow, Career Connect      

Fundraising Team of the Year: Arthritis Care

Fundraising Campaign: Community Foundation for Calderdale for the Calderdale Flood Fund

Fundraising Event: Elephant Family & Quintessentially Foundation for Travels to my Elephant

Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Stephen Bubb

Marketing Campaign of the Year: Anthony Nolan for Lifesaver Mode

Rising Chief Executive: Tom Rosewall, Vision for a Nation Foundation      

Small Charity, Big Achiever: Growing Support

Social Investment of the Year: Shared Interest Society

Volunteer Manager of the Year: Zoe Grant, Over the Wall

Volunteer of the Year: Sarah Ezekiel, Motor Neurone Disease Association

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