JustGiving reveals Charity of the Year Award Finalists
London, (22 October): JustGiving is proud to announce that International Animal Rescue, British Hen
Welfare Trust and Reverse Rett are the three charities in the running for the prestigious ‘Charity of the
Year’ accolade at the annual JustGiving Awards. The awards will be held at The Brewery in London on
Tuesday, 20 November 2018.
A staggering 30,000 individuals, made up of their peers and members of the public, took part in the voting
to ensure their favourite charity had a chance at taking home the coveted prize.
The award category was open to all UK charities, and is designed to celebrate their efforts to make the
world a better place. The winner will be revealed at the ceremony.
Keith Williams, General Manager UK and Ireland, JustGiving, says:
“The three finalists show just how diverse and vibrant our sector is, each representing unique causes,
values and ranging in size and focus. They really demonstrate the wide reach of the incredible and inspiring
causes on JustGiving. And the diverse level of consumer support that exists for charities and individuals
trying to make a positive difference in the world. On behalf of JustGiving, I would like to congratulate
International Animal Rescue, The British Hen Welfare Trust and Reverse Rett for reaching this incredible
milestone. The thousands of people who have voted for these charities is a testament to their belief,
passion and desire to achieve something bigger than themselves. I can’t wait to find out who will be
crowned our Charity of the Year 2018.”
Phily Kennington, Social Media and Community Fundraising Manager, International Animal Rescue, Says:
‘We are absolutely delighted and humbled to be named as a finalist for the JustGiving Charity of the Year!
As a smaller charity we are dependent upon the loyal and dedicated kindness of our wonderful supporters
and we know it is thanks to them that we have made it this far. Receiving nominations such as this truly
means a lot to us all and we are determined to continue showing our supporters the amazing things we
can achieve together.’
Jane Howorth, Company Founder, British Hen Welfare Trust, says:
“The whole team at Hen Central are simply delighted at being shortlisted for the JustGiving Charity of the
award – there were lots of excited whoops and cheers being made in our office when the news came
through! To have gotten this far is a testament to our wonderful supporters who take on all sorts of weird
and wacky fundraisers in the name of hen welfare. Whether it’s abseiling down a water tower or running
a 153-mile race in Greece, we are immensely proud of each and every person who raises funds to help save
more hens from slaughter. We’ve now got our fingers firmly crossed for the win on 20 November!”
Andy Stevenson, Co-Founder and Fundraising Manager, Reverse Rett, says:
'We are delighted to have made the shortlist for 'Charity of the Year'. Rett Syndrome is a devastating
condition and almost all the support we get are from families of people living with Rett Syndrome, their
friends and connections and we are constantly amazed at their commitment and dedication to spreading
the word and funding Rett research, making the shortlist is evidence of their tenacity. Most people have
never heard of Rett Syndrome, so it is fantastic to have made the short list in this prestigious category as
it will get the condition and the potential for treatment out there'
The JustGiving Awards celebrate some of the many amazing individuals, charities and teams who have
used JustGiving in the last 12 months to change lives and make a positive contribution to a good cause.
There are a total of nine award categories – which include: Charity of the Year, Endurance Fundraiser of
the Year, Creative Fundraiser of the Year, Change Maker of the Year, Fundraising Team of the Year, Young
Fundraiser of the Year, Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year, Crowdfunder of the Year and Outstanding
Commitment of the Year. From these, there are 27 finalists.
Voting for the awards has now closed. The winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony.