Third Sector Awards shortlist announced

After a day of judging by sector experts and former award winners, the successful people and charities will be revealed at a black-tie dinner in London in September

Judges enjoyed themselves as they chose the finalists
Judges enjoyed themselves as they chose the finalists

An initiative to help save a rainforest in Peru and a partnership between an old people’s charity and West Ham United Football Club are among the finalists in this year’s Third Sector Awards, which recognise excellence in the voluntary sector.

This year’s shortlist includes the environmental charity Cool Earth, which has been chosen for the Big Impact category for its work to preserve the Ashaninka rainforest in central Peru, and a partnership between the old people’s charity Friends of the Elderly and the West Ham United Foundation, the charitable arm of the football club, which has been placed into the Charity Partnership category.

A total of 86 finalists have been shortlisted across 20 categories. To see the full shortlist, click here.

Other finalists this year include Cancer Research UK, shortlisted in the Breakthrough of the Year category for its use of contactless payment cards to raise donations, and Women’s Aid, shortlisted for Communications Campaign of the Year for its campaign to save women’s refuges from mass closure.

The awards also recognise the contribution that individuals play in the sector. People in the running this year include Dallas Pounds, chief executive of the Trinity Hospice in Clapham, south-west London, shortlisted for the Rising Chief Executive award, and Annie Mulholland, shortlisted for Volunteer of the Year for her advice and support work at Target Ovarian Cancer.

The finalists were selected by a group of former Third Sector Award winners and experts from the charity sector at a judging day held in central London  earlier this month.

The winners will be announced at black-tie event at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, on Thursday 24 September. For further details about how to book a place at the awards, visit the Third Sector Awards site.

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