PS Financials are pleased to have been part of the 2019 Charity Awards. Now in its 20th year, the evening celebrates the excellent work and exceptional feats of the charity sector.
This year’s category nominations were a true reflection of the issues facing modern society, both in the UK and abroad. A few key examples include the protection of endangered species, safeguarding young and vulnerable people, providing aid to the disabled, and the further development of women’s rights.
Many of the shortlisted and winning charities have crucial mission aims that beg to be addressed. A prime example is Consonant (consonant.org.uk), which won the Campaigning and advocacy category. They spearhead a campaign for women seeking asylum in the UK to be provided with childcare during their asylum interviews.
Unfortunately, many women seeking asylum fear they could traumatise their children during interviews by sharing their experiences of human rights abuses. However, if they don’t provide a full and honest account of their experiences, this could reduce their chances of gaining asylum.
Consonant seeks to pressure the Home Office to provide on-site creche facilities for children under the age of five at all interview hubs – a very worthy cause. Until very recently, this common-sense provision was not made available. Sadly, even now, the UK is the only country in Europe to provide childcare in these circumstances.
Other noteworthy winners include the Scottish Centre for Personal Safety (scotcps.org.uk), who develop and deliver personal safety and self-defence courses for people with impaired sight, the Nelson Trust (nelsontrust.com), the JAN Trust (jantrust.org) and the Internet Watch Foundation (iwf.org.uk).
For his exceptional contribution to the fight against cancer, Sir Harpal Kumar was awarded the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement. He explained that the proudest moment of his life came seven years into his tenure as Cancer Research UK’s chief executive when it was announced that as many people are now surviving cancer as are dying from it.
In offering some congratulatory words to the sector, he championed the fact that, should anyone see a way to improve society, they can set up a charity to help realise it.
He also offered some sage advice, stating:
“[there are] too many charities and some of them are not run very well or efficiently…
“…there needs to be [regulation] that stops charities continually proliferating, not necessarily always in a way that maximises the impact or the return on what people put into it in terms of time and money. And the regulator needs to be stronger and could exert more influence in trying to bring charities together…
“… I don’t think they need stronger legal powers; I just think they’re grossly underresourced.”
Perhaps these views are controversial, but, when delivered by someone with such passion for the sector and such an impressive track record, they demand attention.
Our lasting impressions
Overall, the evening was an out-and-out celebration of the good that people are doing.
The main takeaway was that, whether you’re a winner, shortlisted, supporting, attending, or even too busy doing great work, the entire charity sector was honoured, applauded and celebrated for their contributions to humanity at the 2019 Charity Awards!
Quotes from our table
“It was humbling to see so much value added by charities and the dedication of individuals who make it happen.”
“I really enjoyed the evening and it was very helpful to talk to other users of PS Financials.”
“Thank you for such a great evening.”
“I had such a lovely evening and I really enjoyed chatting with your PS Financials colleagues and other interesting guests; I thoroughly enjoyed the event. Thank you so much again for your very kind invitation and we are very much looking forward to working with you.”