Wessex Charity Awards



October 2012

Representatives from charities throughout Wessex were honoured on 11 October 2012, at the Gala Evening & Awards Presentation at the Winchester Guildhall.

Applause erupted from the 270 guests who included charities, businesses, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester, The Mayor and Mayoress of Southampton, and The Hon. Mrs. Virginia Lovell, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.

As well as receiving hand engraved trophies, each winning charity received a cash donation from the Organisers and Sponsors.

Founder of the Wessex Charity Awards, Jenny Warner, said “This wonderful evening celebrated the best of human nature – philanthropy in its true meaning. All the charities nominated for an Award were congratulated for their dedication and commitment to helping others”

Best Fundraising Project of the Year – sponsored by Rathbones
WINNER – Simon Says

Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Bangkok Brasserie
WINNER – Kelvin Smith (Parity for Disability)

Charity Business Supporter of the Year – sponsored by Ecclesiastical
WINNER – CSE Citation Centre

Chief Executive of the Year – sponsored by Morris Crocker
WINNER – Leanne Hubbard (Southampton Sight)

Charity of the Year – sponsored by Lester Aldridge
WINNER – The Rowans Hospice

Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER – Phyllis Edwards (Founder of Diverse Abilities Plus)

August 2012

Finalists announced for this year’s Awards, please click here to find out who has been shortlisted. Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner and Award’s Ceremony on Thursday 11 October.

July 2012

Thank you to all those who have nominated for this year’s Wessex Charity Awards, the judging panel look forward to hearing all the inspiring stories from our charity stars. Finalists will be announced in August.

June 2012

Nomination period now open!

Please visit the Nominations page for more information and to submit your nomination(s) before 5pm on 10 July.

May 2012

Santander are delighted to be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s event. We now have all 6 Award Sponsors on board and are looking forward to receiving many nominations when they open on Friday 1st June!

April 2012

Nominations open in just six weeks, on 1st June.  The categories available for nomination are:

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

More information will follow soon and we hope you will nominate your charity or people you know who work or volunteer in the sector, for an Award.

March 2012

There are still many ways that you or your organisation can be involved with the Awards event. Please contact the admin office on 01962 610077 or admin@wessexcharityawards.co.uk to discuss the benefits of being a Supporter.

We are pleased to announce our fifth secured Sponsor, Winchester’s Thai Restaurant, Bangkok Brasserie, who will be sponsoring the Volunteer(s) of the Year Award.

January 2012

The planning for the Wessex Charity Awards 2012 is now well under way. We are delighted to have four prominent regional and national companies already on board as Sponsors.

  • Lester Aldridge – Charity of the Year
  • Morris Crocker – Chief Executive of the Year
  • Ecclesiastical – Charity Business Supporter of the Year
  • Rathbones – Best Fundraising Project of the Year