Sheila McKechnie Foundation announces award winners

Tom Royston of Leeds CAB and journalist Raphael Ahenu among those recognised for campaigning work

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation has announced the winners of its 2009 campaigning awards.

Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty, environmental campaigner Tony Juniper and former Church of England envoy Terry Waite presented awards at the ceremony, hosted by Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow.

Among those to receive awards were Tom Royston from the Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau, who has been campaigning to highlight the cost of phoning 0800 government numbers from mobile phones for the 50 per cent of CAB clients that he claims do not have access to landlines.

Raphael Ahenu, a Ghanaian journalist campaigning for clean water and sanitation in 100 communities across Ghana, was also recognised for her achievements.

Jon Snow, a patron of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, said:  "I am thrilled to be standing here with these wonderful awards. The sheer diversity of the people who have both been nominated and eventually won these awards is itself a testament to the kind of work that we remember Sheila for."

The winners

Conflict Resolution

Lea Misan for Educating Youth in Social Action, Act for Change

Consumer Action

Tom Royston for Hung Up: the cost of contacting government from a mobile phone, Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau


Shilpa Shah for Akashi for Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Global Action

Daniel Hutley for SKIP (Students for Kids International Projects)

International Award

Raphael Ahenu for Access to Clean Water and Sanitation Campaign, Ghana

International Young Campaigner

Nixon Odoyo for Keeping Girls in School Kenya

London Social Justice Award

Renuka Bhakta for Save Amardeep, Kindred Minds Project, Southwark Mind

Shout Out

Aisling Finn, Emilie Katogo, Hannah Reilly, Rachel Dada, Aisling O'Rourke and Emily Numutaako for Pay Fair, Live Fair: Say NO to slavery, its soo last season, La Sainte Union, Camden

Social Inclusion

David Watkins for A Day In Hand

Transport Award

Laura Ferguson for A Well Used, Safe, Princess Mary Gate to Schools Cycle Route, Get Wendover Cycling

Women Creating Change

Emma and Abi Moore for PinkStinks: the campaign for real role models

Young Activist

Barbara Soetan for Visible Women, Elevation Networks Trust


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