Wessex Charity Awards


2012 Awards

The Wessex Charity Awards is an initiative to honour the work undertaken by the charity sector in the Wessex region.

Nominations were received from charities based in the Wessex Region and a total of six Awards were presented during the Gala evening on 11 October 2012.

  • Charity of the Year
  • Chief Executive of the Year
  • Best Fundraising Project of the Year
  • Charity Business Supporter of the Year
  • Volunteer(s) of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The winner of each category received an engraved trophy and a cash donation to the charity of £500.

The evening was hosted by cricket legend, David Gower OBE, who acknowledged the tireless work of volunteers and individuals working in the Wessex charities.   The high profile judging panel, chaired by Judith Rich OBE, had a challenging task but they were unanimous in their decision and were hugely impressed by the quality of the nominations.

The Awards evening was sponsored by prominent local companies.

Comments from the evening

“I found the Awards incredibly inspiring and humbling – it just makes you realise what amazing organisations surround us, all quietly going about their work passionately and without fanfare.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I was very proud when I heard that my mother, Phyllis Edwards, had won the Lifetime Achievement Award for all her hard work fifty years ago and which is now carried on by many devoted people.  Well done, Mum!”

The 2012 Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award Phyllis Edwards, Founder of Diverse Abilities Plus
Charity of the Year The Rowans Hospice
Chief Executive of the Year Leanne Hubbard, Southampton Sight
Volunteer of the Year Kelvin Smith, Parity for Disability
Best Fundraising Project of the Year Simon Says
Charity Business Supporter of the Year CSE Citation Centre


The Venue

The Gala Dinner and Awards presentation was held in the ancient capital of Wessex at the historic Guildhall, Winchester.

About the Organisers

This not-for-profit event is organised by Charisma Charity Recruitment and is generously supported by regional businesses and backed by a professional commitee.

Charisma Charity Recruitment was founded by Jenny Warner in response to a need for specialist recruitment services for charities based in Hampshire and surrounding counties.

Their experience of recruiting for a range of roles within the charity sector puts them in a unique position to deliver quality candidates quickly and cost-effectively.

Successful charities are built on the quality and experience of their teams – people who are worth their weight in gold. Charisma Charity Recruitment is delighted to be able to recognise the efforts of these individuals by organising the Wessex Charity Awards. So much of the recognition being centred on London-based organisations, Charisma have shown that it was time to honour the work done by exceptional individuals in the region.

Our Motivation

The Wessex Charity Awards were born from Jenny Warner’s inspiration and desire to recognise the hard work undertaken by the charities for whom she recruits at Charisma Charity Recruitment.

Jenny says: `Within the Wessex region, we felt that not enough was being done to recognise the achievements, dedication and commitment shown by both individuals and teams working for Charities. My team and I therefore decided to set up the Wessex Charity Awards to address this gap, and provide a celebratory evening for those involved in Charity work, both to give them recognition and to raise their profile.’

All three Awards ceremonies were testament to this and demonstrated the pride felt by people working for charities in the area, with a real `feel-good’ atmosphere surrounding both events.