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Shortlist is announced for Charity Awards 2015

11 May 2015

Honour-based violence, deforestation in the Amazon, and sexual exploitation of girls by London gangs are just three of the problems being successfully tackled by charities shortlisted in this year’s Charity Awards.

Now in its 16th year, and sponsored once again by Charities Aid Foundation, The Charity Awards seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in charity leadership and management.

A charity that encourages scientists to specialise in dementia research, a project that trains teachers to help students at risk of female genital mutilation, and a campaign that persuaded ministers to let prisoners have books, are also among the 30 projects that made the 2015 shortlist

The 2015 Charity Awards shortlist highlights an extraordinary array of innovative solutions, inspirational leadership and effective activism.  From volunteers who helped to map the Ebola crisis in West Africa to football and dance classes for adults with Down’s syndrome, the shortlist is a magnificent showcase of charitable endeavour in the UK.

The ten-strong panel of expert judges, drawn from charities and advisory organisations in the voluntary sector, spent several days examining the applications to arrive at the shortlist.

Tania Mason, group editor at Civil Society Media which runs The Charity Awards, said: “In a year that attracted an almost record number of entries, all the charities the made the 2015 shortlisted ought to be very proud of themselves.

“They all scored highly against our ten hallmarks of excellence and in many categories the judges had a really tough task on their hands deciding on the winner.”

John Low, Chief Executive of Charities Aid Foundation, said:  "I would like to congratulate all the charities shortlisted for this year's awards, as well as all those who took the time to send in an application. CAF exists to support the amazing wealth of charitable endeavour across this country and around the world, and it is always humbling to see the great work being done by people in so many ways.

"These awards show charities at their very best, working to support people in communities around the country in myriad different ways at a time of continuing economic uncertainty. Celebrating that success is a massively important part of maintaining and building the culture of generosity in Britain of which we should be so proud."

Summaries of all the shortlisted entries can be found on The Charity Awards website and in the June edition of Charity Finance magazine.

The winners will be unveiled at a gala presentation dinner at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, on Thursday 18 June.  The awards ceremony will be hosted by World Cup-winning rugby star Will Greenwood, and awards will be presented by celebrities including BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen, TV presenters Kate Thornton and Gaby Roslin, and actors Pip Torrens and Larry Lamb.

As well as their trophies, each of the winning projects can avail themselves of intensive leadership training delivered by the Leadership Trust Foundation.

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