Charity of the Year Award win at the British LGBT Awards

Published: 16 May 2016 Tags: british lgbt award, lgbt, lgbt foundation By John Walding

We're very excited to announce that we have won the Charity of the Year Award at the RBS British LGBT Awards for our work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

The awards ceremony was attended by our Chair David McGovern and Chief Executive Paul Martin OBE at a glittering gathering at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms.

Dubbed Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’, the RBS sponsored awards ceremony, brought together top LGBT celebrities and corporate leaders. Individuals and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to promoting equality and diversity in the workplace were recognised.

The British LGBT Awards judging panel, which included Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Angela Eagle MP, awarded LGBT Foundation with the Charity/Community Initiative Award. The star-studded awards ceremony was hosted by Mel B and Duncan James from Blue.

LGBT Foundation, which provides support and services for the LGBT community, faced stiff competition from organisations such as Stonewall, Inclusive Networks, Freedom to Donate, First 4 Adoption, National Trans Youth Network, Rainbow Project Northern Ireland and Trans* Pride Brighton who were all nominated in the same category.

Chair of LGBT Foundation David McGovern said: “Everyone at LGBT Foundation is absolutely thrilled with winning the British LGBT Award for Charity of the Year. We are proud of the support from the LGBT community and feel that these awards are a true testament to what teamwork and determination can achieve. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of all our staff, volunteers and trustees.

"I would also like to thank everyone who voted for us and for their continued support for our work in the LGBT community, ensuring that lives are improved, voices are heard, and policies are changed.”

Established in April 2000 following the merger of Healthy Gay Manchester and Manchester Lesbian and Gay Switchboard Services, we have continued to provide a wide range of support and services including a national helpline, sexual health testing and support, free mental health and wellbeing services, the Village Angels volunteers, support groups, and advice for tackling LGBT hate crime and discrimination.

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