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UK charities enjoy an ‘inspiring and humbling’ Charity Today Awards extravaganza

People from all over the UK came together at the weekend for what has been described by guests as the most ‘inspiring and humbling’ event that they have ever been to.

The atmosphere was tremendous as guests awaited the start of the celebrations. Photograph Copyright: Charity Today

Charities, VIPs, corporate sponsors and members of the public from all walks of life enjoyed an evening of networking, entertainment and thanksgiving courtesy of the national Charity Today Awards.

Students from the Hebden School of Dancing. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Youngsters from the Peterborough-based Hebden School of Dancing opened the celebrations with a lively performance. Host Rezzy Ghadjar then welcomed Charity Today & UK Charity Week founder Lee B. Rayment to the stage. Mr Rayment gave an impassioned opening speech of unity that set the tone for a unique community orientated evening.

Charity Today & UK Charity Week founder Lee Rayment. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

The Mayor of Peterborough Cllr Gul Nawaz followed up Mr Rayment’s speech by extending his gratitude to Charity Today for allowing the city to host the national awards event. He told Charity Today that ‘it was an absolute privilege to be a part of such an occasion’.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Service-users of Disability Impact Award winners the Teamwork Trust won the hearts of the audience with tears and cries of joy on stage when receiving their award.

Emotional service-users of Teamwork Trust, winners of the Disability Impact Award. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

The Northamptonshire-based charity won the national title thanks to their work with disabled artist Jason Wilsher-Mills’ Corby Totems project.

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Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Liverpool-singer Cal Ruddy a great friend of Charity Today & UK Charity Week founder Lee Rayment took to the stage before and after the interval. Ruddy gave an insight into his journey with Aspergers before entertaining the theatre faithful.

Liverpudlian singer Cal Ruddy. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Lee Rayment will be attending the singer’s album launch in Liverpool next month.

Dance performers entertain the Charity Today Awards audience. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Host Rezzy Ghadjar kept the audience embraced and entertained all evening with a number of special guests invited onto the stage.

Host Rezzy Ghadjar and Sandi Bogle share some smiles with the audience. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Reality TV star Sandi Bogle, Presenter & Model Valerie Wyndham along with her entrepreneur husband Alan, and entertainer Paul Manners all very kindly went out of their way to travel to Peterborough to present awards. 

Valerie Wyndham and husband Alan (pictured left), Paul Manners and host Rezzy Ghadjar (pictured right). Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Lee Rayment was himself presenting The James E. Smith Special Recognition Award before being surprised on stage by charity leader Steven Schooling.

93-year-old Graham Bell MBE. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Mr Schooling gave an emotional and heart-warming thanks to Rayment for all that he does to help others despite enduring his own heartache along the way.

Steven Schooling embraces Lee Rayment after presenting him with a surprise UK Unsung Hero award. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

UK Charity Week Main Sponsors TheGivingMachine also got the VIP treatment along with the opportunity to present an award live on stage. 

The team from TheGivingMachine. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Intermezzo String Quartet and later an emotional solo dance from Madison Baldero ensured the audience went away mesmerised and humbled by the whole experience.

Madison Baldero. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today
Intermezzo String Quartet. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

London-based Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice won the big award of the night, they scooped the Charity of the Year gong.

It was left to UK Charity Week ambassadors Classical Reflection to close the fantastic event, they did so with three stunning performances.

Classical Reflection. Photograph Copyright: Carl Leverington/C3LO Photography/Charity Today

Speaking after the event Lee Rayment founder of both Charity Today & UK Charity Week said: 

“I saw huge smiles, excitement, tears of joy, tears of sadness during the stories, but most of all I saw good people from all backgrounds coming together. This is priceless given the very divisive period we are living through, and we just hope that more people get to see this kind of joy and community next year.

“I want to congratulate all the winners tonight, and I believe it is important to extend a great deal of gratitude towards the other finalists who conducted themselves with grace and dignity the whole evening. A fantastic occasion.”

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The Charity Today Awards were supported by PayaCharity, Hegarty Solicitors, Vivacity (venue partners), Birketts Law and Keystone Accounts.

For more information on the Charity Today Awards, please visit: www.charitytodayawards.co.uk 

Winners

Humanitarian Winner: Donate4Refugees

Highly Commended Finalists

Humanity First
International Children’s Care UK
EMS Yorkshire

Community Impact Award Winner: MCKS Charitable Foundation

Highly Commended Finalists

Peterborough Asylum Refugee Community Association
Glass Door, the homeless charity
Caritas Anchor House

Disability Impact Award Winner: Teamwork Trust & Corby Totems

Highly Commended Finalists

The Disabilities Trust
Disability Peterborough
POhWER

Fundraiser of the Year Winner: Lesley Knight, HELP Appeal

Highly Commended Finalists

Hilary Maxwell, GO Girls
Whale of a Time Row & Mintridge Foundation
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Fundraising Team

Health & Social Care Award Winner: C3 Foundation Europe

Highly Commended Finalists

Baby Basics Northampton
Binti International
Crowborough CFR

The partnership of the Year Winner: Macmillan Cancer Support & npower

Highly Commended Finalists

Vintage Cash Cow & Age UK
Croydon Pride & Fat Beehive Ltd
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice & The Rotary Clubs

Volunteer of the Year Winner: Hilary Maxwell, GO Girls

Highly Commended Finalists

Amber Bauer – Donate4Refugees
Dawn Fidler – The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

The James E. Smith Special Recognition Award Winner: Graham Bell MBE

Highly Commended Finalists

Charles Ryan
Paintings In Hospitals Project
Anna Kennedy

Charity of the Year Winner: Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Highly Commended Finalists

Brake, the road safety charity
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Clear Sky, Children’s Charity