Jersey Charity Awards 2021
The sixth Jersey Charity Awards, held in the 50th anniversary year of the AJC, was held on Sunday afternoon, 12th September, with a difference! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organising committee made the decision to put the event online and once again it didn’t disappoint! We still had the important speeches, the entertainment, and a sumptuous afternoon tea which was provided as a gift box of tea for two, hand delivered to entrants, judges, sponsors and suppliers. Our compere for the day was Ashlea Tracey of BBC Radio Jersey, and she did a fantastic job of pre-recording the event ‘blind’!
The Awards, supported by the Association of Jersey Charities (AJC) are to highlight local excellence within the charitable sector thus raising the profile of charity and voluntary activity in Jersey. There were three Awards categories; Outstanding Achievement in the small charity category, Outstanding Achievement in the medium charity category and Outstanding Achievement in the large charity category (based on the number of staff/volunteers and turnover).
All applicants had to submit a written entry describing their achievements over the past twelve months and the winning charities were narrowed down from a shortlist of five to a top three before an overall winner was selected. The winners received a carved plaque and a prize for £5,000. Second placed received a prize for £1,000 and third placed received a prize for £500.
Jersey Sea Cadets was announced as the winner of the small charity category, with Jersey Marine Conservation in second place and Jersey Biodiversity Centre in third place.
Jersey Childcare Trust was awarded the top place for the medium category, Caring Cooks of Jersey taking second place and St John Ambulance as third runners up.
The large category award was given to Durrell, with Jersey Heritage Trust taking second place and Jersey Employment Trust taking third place.
The overall winners were selected from the 24 entries by a panel of judges comprising Paul Routier MBE; Deputy Chairman of the AJC, Liz Le Poidevin; Charles Humpleby, with head judge Jane Galloway, Arclight Solutions Ltd Senior Consultant (Consultancy and Training services for charities).
The Outstanding Contribution to charity award for an individual, which is chosen not by the judges but by the event organising committee, went to Jackie de Almeida pictured above.
And a special 50th anniversary commendation award, for the best example of collaboration, or working in the natural environment in light of climate change, went to Jersey Marine Conservation, who displayed examples of all of these.
Jersey Finance Limited provided the prize money, as part of their 20th anniversary, and 60 years of the finance industry in Jersey. The cost of putting on the event was again very kindly met by the trustees of The Ana Leaf Foundation. The Ana Leaf Foundation has supported these awards from the outset in 2011, and we are extremely grateful to them for this.
Also, our grateful thanks go to:
- AI Studio for design and print of all literature and logos
- Ana Leaf Foundation, sponsor of the event
- Ashlea Tracey, BBC Radio Jersey, our compere
- Aureole Music for the entertainment
- BAM Perspectives for the aerial photography
- Beresford Street Kitchen (BSK) for the catering
- Charles Humpleby, Judge
- Jane Galloway, Judge
- Jersey Employment Trust - Acorn Woodshack, for the wonderfully carved awards’ trophies
- Jersey Finance Limited, sponsor of the prize money
- Liz Le Poidevin, Judge
- Parklife Choir for the entertainment
- Parks & Gardens, Government of Jersey, Howard Davis Park
- Paul Routier MBE, Judge
- Sir Stephen Dalton, Lieutenant Governor and Lady Anne
- Stage 2 Productions for the filming
- ALL OUR CHARITIES!