Charity Awards

On 18 June, at an awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel in London the Howard League has been presented with the 2015 Charity Award for its successful campaign, Books For Prisoners. The Charity Awards are Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity.

The campaign, which forced the government to overturn restrictions on sending books to prisoners was shortlisted in the Advice, Support and Campaigning category.

Shortlisted entries were picked by a 10-strong judging panel of voluntary sector experts across a variety of fields.

Awards judge Richard Hawkes, chief executive of Scope, said that the Howard League’s Books For Prisoners had “every aspect you could want from a campaign”.

He added: “They identified an issue, approached it in lots of innovative ways and were really successful.”

Tania Mason, group editor at Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, said: “We had an almost record number of entries this year – just four fewer than our all-time high in 2011 – and the standard was excellent, so the Howard League for Penal Reform should be very proud to have made the shortlist.

“For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through."