The Wessex Charity Awards event has been created to showcase the incredible talent of individuals working in charities and not-for-profit organisations in the Wessex region.

The 2012 event followed the memorable Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation ceremony in 2010 which took place at the Winchester Guildhall and the inaugural 2009 event at the Rose Bowl. All three wonderful evenings recognised the people who had made outstanding contributions to their charities.

The 2010 and 2009 events were described in the press as the ‘Charity Oscars’, and saw individuals and charities being honoured for their achievements and dedication. "Identifying examples of best practice within an organisation is so important” said Jenny Warner, lead organiser of the Wessex Charity Awards “and the creation of this regional Awards event has highlighted the need for such appreciation of their contribution to the sector”.

2012 winners announced! Click here to find out who they are!

Comments from these events

"Having the opportunity to celebrate our achievements is something we sometimes think we don’t attend to enough as one so often focuses on what needs to be done, rather than spending time to really celebrate achievement. The evening was wonderful and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
Ruth White, Chief Executive, The Rowans Hospice, Winners of Charity of the Year 2012

“As you witnessed on the evening, we were all chuffed to bits and very emotional! It was a fantastic evening – and one we will remember for a long time.”
Paula Wiseman, Head of Fundraising and Communications, Simon Says, Winners of the Best Fundraising Project of the Year 2012

“Congratulations and thank you for an amazing evening. It was wonderful to see Kelvin Smith recognised for all of his dedicated work for Parity for Disability at such a prestigious event."
Helene Abbiss, Fundraising and Communications Manager, Parity for Disability, Winners of the Volunteer of the Year 2012