This year’s JustGiving Awards, kindly sponsored by Paypal, took place last night at The Brewery in London. Now in its sixth year, the awards are an annual celebration of the amazing things that people do for the causes they care about and winners were voted for by the public.
Between the 30 finalists, £1.3 million has been raised for good causes – which is a phenomenal achievement! The JustGiving Awards also celebrate the inspiring work that charities do with the Charity of the Year Award and, a new category for 2015, Most Popular Campaign.
Announcing the winners
Outstanding Commitment to Fundraising
Alex not only completed the Ironman Triathlon while carrying his son Harrison, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he also raised £48,000 for Harrison’s Fund, a charity he set up himself to help find a cure.
Charity of the Year
Every year around 36,000 elephants are poached for their ivory – that’s one killed every 15 minutes. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust protects threatened species in Kenya through mobile vet units, anti-poaching operations, the rehabilitation of elephant and rhino orphans and community outreach.
Most Popular Campaign
When the earthquake in Nepal struck, the DEC quickly set up a Campaign Page to raise money to provide aid and support on the ground. The Campaign has, so far, raised an incredible £249,449.
Endurance Fundraiser of the Year
Chris is only 39 and has early-onset Alzheimer’s – but he’s fighting back. In April, he set off on a 16,000 mile cycle around Canada and the US to help Alzheimer’s Research UK find a cure and has so far raised over £35,000.
Creative Fundraiser of the Year
After losing her mum to cancer last year, Caroline decided to use their shared love of fashion to raise money in her memory. Every day for the whole of 2015, Carline is wearing an outfit from the Cancer Research UK shop where her mum volunteered. So far she’s raised over £15,000! Caroline dedicated her award to her mum.
Young Fundraiser of the Year
Madison was only 9 years old when she started fundraising for Little Harbour Children’s Hospice. By busking with her violin in local towns and by running charity auctions Madison has raised over £52,000, which is phenomenal.
Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year
Professional footballer and coach, Francis Benali, ran to all twenty Premier League grounds – a distance of over 1,000 miles in total – finishing up at his home club, Southampton FC. He ran over 50 miles a day on average, raising more than £185,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Community Crowdfunder of the Year
Tracey crowdfunded to buy bouquets of flowers for bereaved mothers on Mother’s Day. Having lost her own son to youth violence, Tracey formed JAGS Foundation to provide opportunities for young people and support bereaved families.
Kindness Crowdfunder of the Year
When 12-year-old Leisha, who has Cerebral Palsy, grew out of her junior wheelchair, Wayne decided to crowdfund to buy a new one. He raised over £8,000 towards the new chair, which will allow Leisha to interact with other people at their level as the chair can be used in a standing position.
The JustGiving Tech For Good Award
SnapDonate is an app that was created by the SnapDonate Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that aims to keep impulse giving alive in an increasingly cashless society. The app, which is powered by JustGiving’s APIs, allows people to give to a good cause by pointing their phone at a charity’s logo and choosing how much to donate.
The Independent on Sunday Happy List Award
Before his open-heart surgery, six-year-old Ted from Stockton Heath discovered his television in Alder Hey Children’s hospital wasn’t working. Just nine weeks after the op, Ted completed a mini-triathlon to raise funds so that other children in hospital wouldn’t be bored, and has since raised over £12,000. On accepting his Award, Ted said,”I just love making people happy.”.