The stars of the region’s charities and not-for-profit organisations received their prestigious awards for their incredible efforts and vital contribution to the local community at the recent Wessex Charity Awards 2010 gala dinner at the Winchester Guildhall.
Charities and businesses from across the region attended the Awards. Heart-warming films of the exceptional work being undertaken in the region by the fifteen finalists were shown to the 300 guests who included The High Sherriff of Hampshire, The Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester and Mr Steve Brine MP.
Rothmans sponsored the winner of the Trustee Board of the Year which was awarded this year to Winchester Churches Nightshelter. The Nightshelter is a charity which offers direct access accommodation with outreach support. They are an essential lifeline where basic needs of shelter, food and hygiene can be met but they also offer vital help in easing loneliness, providing a secure support network to address problems, and a start to being included in society again.
The other winners on the night were:
· Charity of the Year – Cherry Tree Nursery
· Chief Executive of the Year – Sarah Brocklebank from The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
· Volunteer of the Year – Amani Amari from Haslars Visitors Group
· Fundraising Team of the Year – Oakhaven Hospice