JustGiving Charity of the Year Finalists Named

Animal welfare and medical research charities emerge as the most popular following a public vote.

Joe Lepper | 22nd Oct 18

Online fundraising platform JustGiving has revealed the three charities in the frame for its Charity of the Year prize this year.

Around 30,000 people took part in voting for the 2018 award, with British Hen Welfare Trust, International Animal Rescue and Reverse Rett emerging as the three most popular charities.

Conservation charity International Animal Rescue works around the world to rehabilitate and release animals into protected areas of the wild.

This include helping primates in Indonesia, rescuing dancing bears in India and providing veterinary care for stray dogs and cats in developing countries.

International Animal Rescue activity on Just Giving this year has included fundraising through the Brighton Marathon in April, which raised £13,545.

“As a smaller charity we are dependent upon the loyal and dedicated kindness of our wonderful supporters and we know it is thanks to them that we have made it this far,” said Phily Kennington, International Animal Rescue’s Social Media and Community Fundraising Manager.

“Receiving nominations such as this truly means a lot to us all and we are determined to continue showing our supporters the amazing things we can achieve together.”

British Hen Welfare Trust re-homes commercial laying hens and promotes free range eggs. Its recent activity on Just Giving has included ordering handmade cloth chickens made by one of the charity’s supporters.

“To have gotten this far is a testament to our wonderful supporters who take on all sorts of weird and wacky fundraisers in the name of hen welfare,” said British Hen Welfare Trust Company Founder Jane Howorth.

“Whether it’s abseiling down a water tower or running a 153-mile race in Greece, we are immensely proud of each and every person who raises funds to help save more hens from slaughter.”

Reverse Rett s a medical research charity working to develop treatments for Rett Syndrome, which is a neurological conditions which mostly very young girls. Activity on Just Giving includes promoting how £1,000 can fund an overnight stay in a clinical trial.

“Most people have never heard of Rett Syndrome so it is fantastic to have made the short list in this prestigious category as it will get the condition and the potential for treatment out there,” said Andy Stevenson, Co-Founder and Fundraising Manager, Reverse Rett.

Diverse and vibrant charity sector

Keith Williams, JustGiving UK and Ireland General Manager, added: “The three finalists show just how diverse and vibrant our sector is, each representing unique causes, values and ranging in size and focus. They really demonstrate the wide reach of the incredible and inspiring causes on JustGiving.”

The awards ceremony takes place at The Brewery, London on 20 November. The awards are open to all UK charities that have used JustGiving in the last 12 months to make a positive contribution.

Other categories include Endurance Fundraiser of the Year, Creative Fundraiser of the Year and Fundraising Team of the Year.