A MASSIVE well done to all the finalists and winners – you rock! And a big thank you to The Choir With No Name, who enchanted us with some songs from their new album, including ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want‘. I think they can expect a spike of downloads today :)
The winners of the JustGiving Awards 2011:
- Young Fundraiser of the Year – Bethany Hare (10) www.justgiving.com/smile-bethanyhare
- Most Creative Fundraiser of the Year – p/hop & Natalie Fergie www.justgiving.com/theyarnyard
- Endurance Fundraiser of the Year – Lucy Rivers-Bulkeley www.justgiving.com/lrrb
- Fundraiser of the Year – The Wallace Family www.justgiving.com/tom-wallace
- Charity of the Year – ShelterBox www.justgiving.com/shelterbox
- Most Creative Charity of the Year – Childs i Foundation www.justgiving.com/Save-Joeys-Life/2
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Emily Thackray www.justgiving.com/user/283713
- Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year – Lawrence Dallaglio OBE www.justgiving.com/Dallagliocycleslam
- Most Popular Fundraiser – Charlie Simpson www.justgiving.com/CharlieSimpson-HAITI
- Most Successful Fundraiser – Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad www.justgiving.com/pakistanfloods
About the winners:
Young Fundraiser of the Year
Bethany Hare (aged 10) www.justgiving.com/smile-bethanyhare
Bethany, from Horsforth in Leeds, wanted to raise money for Martin House Children’s Hospice after reading a book of poems written by children who spent time at the hospice. Bethany made a Charlie Chaplin style film in which she sang ‘Smile’, her granddad’s favourite song. She exceeded her original target and has raised over £7,000 so far.
Most Creative Fundraiser
Natalie Fergie www.justgiving.com/theyarnyard
Natalie, from Midlothian, had an idea for an honesty box system which she called www.p-hop.co.uk/ (“pennies per hour of pleasure”) which is run, moderated and promoted by knitters! Designers post patterns to a blog and people make a donation to MSF according to how much pleasure they think they will get from knitting them. Others introduced the “p/hop swap” and events including sponsored knitalongs, stalls at knitting festivals and even someone knitting on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for p/hop. Natalie is close to reaching her total of £25,000 for MSF.
Endurance Fundraiser of the Year
Lucy Rivers-Bulkeley www.justgiving.com/lrrb
In memory of her father who lost his life to cancer in 2007, Lucy Rivers-Bulkeley from Longborough in Gloucestershire became the first woman ever to complete the renowned 4 Desert Grand Slam Challenge, running across the Gobi, Atacama, Sahara and Antarctic deserts in one calendar year. So far Lucy has raised a staggering £35,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Fundraiser of the Year
The Wallace Family www.justgiving.com/tom-wallace
Following the tragic loss of their 24-year-old son Tom in a road traffic accident in April 2010, the Wallace family from Alton in Hampshire pledged to raise money for St Georges Hospital where Tom was treated. In just seven months, through a range of activities including sky dives, car boot sales and pub fun days, they have raised an incredible £80,000.
Charity of the Year
Shelterbox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters worldwide and has won the Charity of the Year award for its incredible fundraising endeavours. One of the first charities on the ground in Haiti, they provide shelter and basic tools in a pre-packed box suitable for delivery into the harshest of areas. Founded by the Rotary Club of Helston 10 years ago, they have grown in international stature and work closely alongside the Red Cross and other organisations responding immediately and effectively to numerous emergency situations worldwide.
Most Creative Charity of the Year
Childs i Foundation www.justgiving.com/Save-Joeys-Life/2 or www.justgiving.com/childsifoundation
Childs i Foundation is a small charity which aims to stop baby abandonment in Uganda. In the last year they have set up two centres – a transitional babies’ home and a mother and baby crisis centre – as well as a social work department to find families for all their children. Using JustGiving to launch their Save Joey’s Life Appeal, they raised £10,000 in 39 hours for life saving open-heart surgery in South Africa. They created and posted videos of Joey and his parents on their JustGiving page for both the launch of the appeal and after the £10,000 had been raised to show their supporters the impact that their donations had on the family’s lives.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Emily Thackray www.justgiving.com/user/283713 or www.justgiving.com/livelifegivelife
Emily is a young woman from Epsom who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Since 2005 Emily has raised more than £35,700 for the cause which saved her life. Since receiving new lungs, Emily has campaigned for organ donation, and started her own charity, Live Life then Give Life!
Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year
Lawrence Dallaglio www.justgiving.com/Dallagliocycleslam
Former international rugby player Lawrence cycled over 2800km in aid of two organisations: Sport Relief and the Dallaglio Foundation. The bike ride visited all of the stadiums of the Six Nations rugby tournament, with a number of other ex-teammates joining him for part of the ride. The challenge took 26 days to complete and has raised over £1.14million so far.
Most Popular Fundraiser
Charlie Simpson www.justgiving.com/charliesimpson-haiti
After hearing about the devastation in Haiti after the recent earthquake, seven-year old Charlie Simpson felt compelled to help. So, he decided to cycle around his local park to raise awareness and funds for those suffering in Haiti via UNICEF. Staggeringly, Charlie has that he has received 9,265 individual donations from members of the public and raised over £200,000!
Most Successful Fundraiser
Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad www.justgiving.com/pakistanfloods
With more than 20 million people affected by the Pakistani floods, and 10 million with no access to food, clean water of shelter, Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad set up his Pakistani Flood Appeal JustGiving page to help. So far his JustGiving page has generated thousands of donations, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the Al-Kahir Foundation.