Guardian Charity Awards 2013: on track to making lives better

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A record number of charities entered this year’s Guardian Charity Awards for small and medium-sized social welfare organisations in the UK. More than 1,300 vied to be one of the five winners in 2013. Now in its 21st year, the awards, in association with Zurich, for innovative UK social welfare charities and have become a byword for excellence.

David Brindle, the Guardian’s public services editor and chair of the judges, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and could have made the awards many times over. So the five winners had to be making an utterly outstanding contribution to society in austerity Britain, which is exactly what each of them is doing in a wholly distinctive way.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony in London yesterday, Paralympic medallist and broadcaster, Ade Adepitan, said: “Without the intervention of a small charity it’s unlikely I would have played wheelchair basketball. The UK is all the better for the invaluable contribution small charities make”.

The Guardian Charity Awards 2013 were supported by the FSI, which helps to build the capacity of small charities, and the Media Trust – both are providing tailored packages of support for the winners; the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which is providing a year’s free membership; and technology company Jigsaw24, which has given an iPad Mini to each winner. The judges included Joe Irvin, chief executive of NAVCA, Lynne Berry, deputy chair of the Canal and River Trust, and Jane Asher, president of the National Autistic Society.

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