19 January 2017
Institute of Fundraising

Iain Duncan Smith MP attended an event in Westminster in support of excellent charity fundraising. The event, hosted by the Institute of Fundraising (IoF), honoured this year’s National Fundraising Award winners.

Institute of Fundraising event

The IoF’s National Fundraising Awards recognise the best examples of charity fundraising over the last 12 months and celebrate the truly great work carried out by fundraisers every single day. 

At the reception, attended by the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP and the Shadow Minster for Civil Society, Steve Reed MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP met with the award winners and other charity fundraisers.  

The event in Westminster highlighted the vital work of charity fundraising, and the amazing generosity of the British people for the causes close to their heart.  The UK was recently ranked as the most generous country in Europe, and every year over £9 billion is raised through individual donations and legacies for vital causes and services provided by the country’s 163,000 charities. 

The award winners included:

Durham Cathedral, winner of the Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign. In 2013, Durham Cathedral launched ‘Durham Cathedral in LEGO’ as part of its public appeal for their Open Treasure project.  The campaign, run predominantly by volunteers, engaged visitors in the building of a model replica of the Cathedral.  Donations of £1 per brick were given in return for bricks used to help build the huge, scale replica model.  In total just under 300,000 LEGO bricks were donated raising over £300,000.  The campaign inspired people and brought in donations from around the world.  The model cathedral was the first large-scale LEGO model to have been built by the public, with contributors from 182 countries worldwide. 

Isabella Field, winner of the Best Young Fundraiser award. 11-year old Isabella Field won the national award for her fundraising work for the Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green.  Isabella tragically lost her sister Molly aged eight in September 2010 when she was just five years old. Molly was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable brain tumour in March 2010 and devastatingly died in September 2010 just six months after her diagnosis. In just four years, Isabella has raised over £110,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice – the hospice that supported her and her family after Molly’s death. With support from her mum, Melanie, Isabella has organised numerous fundraising and awareness raising activities. The results of which have taken her as far as Brazil to give a presentation to 15,000 Rotarians. 

The Outward Bound Trust & Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, winner of the Best Use of Events for their ‘City Three Peaks’ challenge. City Three Peaks won the national award for being one of the most ambitious fundraising events the City of London has ever seen. On Monday 7 September 2015, 40 brave men and women abseiled three of London’s most iconic buildings; 30 St Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street – otherwise known as The Gherkin, The Cheese grater and The Walkie-Talkie. With 564m/1916ft of descent, City Three Peaks was the longest civilian abseil in history and the first time that anyone had abseiled these three buildings before. 

City Three Peaks raised over £2m for The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. This life-changing sum was made possible by the partnership between the two charities and the three buildings.  This huge sum raised will benefit the lives of young people as well as serving and former naval personnel and their families in the UK for years to come.

Youthscape, a Luton-based Charity,  winner of the small Fundraising Charity of the Year award. Youthscape, a small community organisation, transformed itself into a national youth charity through a fundraising campaign that raised £3.2 million between 2013 and 2016. The charity started as a local schools work project in 1993, and continues to work with teenagers in all of the nine high schools in Luton. Their work in therapeutic and chaplaincy work has grown into a range of national projects providing resources and training for youth workers nationally. Areas covered include self-harm, relationships education, support for young people in care and teenage emotional wellbeing. 

Further information on all of the award winners is available from the National Fundraising Awards Website at http://www.nationalfundraisingawards.org.uk/

Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said; 

“It makes a huge difference to have the support of MPs in parliament for the great and tireless work of charity fundraisers.  We were delighted to have the chance to meet with and talk to MPs about the difference that fundraising and the public’s generosity can make for some of the most important and loved causes in our country.”