On Thursday 18th June the Park Plaza Westminster was home to the 16th annual Charity Awards gala dinner. Steve Finn and Anna Gordon were there to represent Blue Sky having been shortlisted two months ago in the ‘Social Care & Welfare’ category.
Hosted by (the very amusing) Will Greenwood MBE the night saw 12 awards given out to charities in categories like ‘Children & Youth’, ‘Disability’ and ‘Environment & Conservation’ among others. It culminated in the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ nod going to WaterAid’s CEO Barbara Frost and finally Lumos winning the ‘Overall Award’. It was amazing to hear about all the inspiring work that is being carried out in this sector.
The tenth award of the night was for ‘Social Care & Welfare’ and Blue Sky were up against two wonderful charities: Karma Nirvana who support victims of forced marriage and honour-based abuse and also The Silver Line Helpline who strive to tackle loneliness among older people. Very proud and pleased (albeit surprised) to win Steve and Anna went up to collect the award from Dorothy Dalton, the editor of Governance Magazine, and the actor and comedian Kerry Godliman.
A huge thank you to Civil Society Media and CAF and finally to all the judges on the Charity Awards panel who chose to honour a very grateful Blue Sky.