2017 winners

Anxiety UKCharity of the Year – Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a national registered charity (number 1113403) (company number 5551121) formed in 1970 by someone living with agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders.

Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. You can read more about them here.


One Kind Act

Start-Up of the Year – One Kind Act

One Kind Act Changes Communities and Lives of others globally who suffer as a result of Poverty of Health, Nutrition and Education and who may have Fallen Through The Net of the larger charities. We do this through our unique fundraising strategy of Living and Giving, whilst also ensuring we Minimise Overheads and Costs through an army of dedicated Volunteers and donors. You can read more about them here.



Most Enterprising – Akademi

Founded in 1979 by the legendary Tara Rajkumar, Akademi has been taking South Asian dance to unexpected places ever since. In that time, we have redefined the parameters of the art form itself. We have inspired audiences, developed artists and changed lives. Our passion burns brighter than ever.

We are dynamic and future facing. We connect South Asian dance with the wider contemporary arts sector. We engage with social, political and cultural agendas to achieve real impact. We embrace the plurality of classical, contemporary and commercial South Asian dance styles. You can read more about them here.


Graham Layton Trust

Social Impact – Graham Layton Trust

Graham Layton Trust (GLT) is committed to creating a better Pakistan by preventing the suffering caused by blindness and other eye ailments. To this end, through its sister charity Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust, GLT will provide state of the art comprehensive free eye care in keeping with a tradition of excellence, efficiency and compassion for all. 

You can read more about them here.



Meenal Sachdev

Inspiring Individual – Meenal Sachdev, Founder & Director, Shiva Foundation

Meenal founded Shiva Foundation with her husband in 2012. She is a mother of two young boys and Councillor in Hertsmere. She believes that education is the necessary tool to solve so many challenges the world faces today.


With a firm dedication to investing in individuals and communities, Meenal is involved with a range of service based activities and social enterprises. You can read more about her here.



2016 winners


magic-busCharity of the Year – Magic Bus

Magic Bus, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) set up in Mumbai to work with street children.

Magic Bus supports over 360,000 children and 8,500 young people across 22 states in India and recently launched a pilot programme in the UK. Magic Bus enables some of the world’s poorest families to move out of poverty. Using a mentoring model and a sport-based curriculum, it engages children and ensures that they make the right choices from childhood to adult. You can read more about them here.



Start-Up of the Year – My Life Films

My Life Films is a charity that uses filmmaking to improve the lives of people with dementia.

They make free films that tell their life-stories, celebrating memories and shifting focus away from the illness. The work they do improves the quality of life of both the patient and their family. You can read more about them here.


Outstanding Achievement – Priya Varadarajan, Founder And Trustee, Durga

Priya Varadarajan is the Founder of DURGA, a citizen’s initiative that brings out inherent skills among Indian women and young girls to recognise and deter crime. During the horrific episode in New Delhi that shook the entire nation, Priya felt that there is something that needs to be done with skill building among Indian women to recognise behaviour and identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviour so that they can respond to it.

DURGA today is a 1000 plus member initiative, with a team of facilitators working with women across all segments of society, educating women on how to respond to harassment in public spaces all through awareness and preparedness skills. You can read more about them here.


London's Air Ambulance

Outstanding PR Team – London Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance is a charity that operates in partnership with both Barts Health NHS Trust and London Ambulance Service.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) similarly provide paid paramedics who are seconded to the service. A London’s Air Ambulance advanced trauma paramedic operates from the LAS control room and is responsible for dispatching us to the most critically injured people in London, 24 hours a day. You can read more about them here.


polio children

Fundraising Campaign – Polio Children

Polio Children was set up in 2003 to educate the poor and physically challenged children, in India and Africa, so they could all look forward to a life of hope and dignity. The charity is helping empower young people with Polio and ensure that they have a long and fruitful future. You can read more about them here.


Shanti Life

Most Enterprising – Shanti Life

Shanti Life is a micro-finance charity which gives small loans to women in India to enable them to start a business and provide for their family. They transfer skills in entrepreneurship, finance, technology, social work, sustainability and training to people who are vulnerable.

The work they do helps the women create a sustainable living and can change the life of an entire family. You can read more about them here.



Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility – SRF Foundation

The SRF Foundation is a leading multi-business entity engaged in textiles, chemicals, packaging films, and engineering plastics.

The Foundation builds on the heritage of its founders, the late Sir Shri Ram and late Dr Bharat Ram, who both believed in contributing to society particularly through education. You can read more about them here.



Investment Management Award – Sarasin & Partners

Sarasin & Partners’ fundamental purpose is to deliver strong, long-term investment performance and exceptional client service.

Their core values are the guiding principles on which they perform their work and conduct themselves. In an ever-changing world, they remain constant and form the foundation of everything they do at Sarasin & Partners.

You can read more about them here.