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01 Oct 2012 14:14

The 2012 Third Sector Excellence Awards

Almost 500 guests, including Gareth Thomas MP, shadow charities minister, gathered at London’s Lancaster hotel on Thursday evening to celebrate the outstanding work carried out by charities, not-for-profit organisations and their partners at the annual Third Sector Excellence Awards, this year hosted by comic Paul Sinha.

The British Heart Foundation walked away with the trophy in the ‘Communications Campaign’ category for its humorous ‘Hands-only CPR’ advert featuring Vinnie Jones resuscitating a heart attack victim.

Others winners on the night included the human rights charity Reprieve, which won the ‘Communications Team’ award for its work to halt the export of drugs used for executions, and Diabetes UK, which won the ‘Best Use of Digital Media’ category for its mobile phone app that helps people with diabetes manage their conditions better.

Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, said: ‘It was a fantastic night, with some very impressive winners. Recession doesn’t stop the dedication and the flow of ideas in the voluntary sector - if anything, it seems to stimulate them. The sector is in very good form.’

Details about all of this year’s winners can be found on the Third Sector website.

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