Jersey Charities

L'Associâtion des Charités d' Jèrri


Jersey Charity Awards 2023

September 2023

The seventh Jersey Charity Awards was held on Sunday afternoon, 17th September, and was once again a huge success, it just gets better every year!

After going ‘online’ in 2021, this year we returned to the setting of Government House in a beautiful marquee, and was the perfect venue for the event. The Lieutenant Governor, Vice Admiral Jeremy Kyd, CBE could not join us due to prior commitments, but he pre-recorded a message for us, beneath the newly installed ‘Kings’ Arch’, see below for details.

Image courtesy of Ryan O’Shea Photography.

There are photographs of the event on the website gallery.

A sumptuous afternoon tea was served just before the ceremony and everyone was entertained by local musicians, Foolish Things, Sonneux and The Ukulele Club. Our compere for the day was Carl Walker, Chairman of the Jersey Consumer Council.

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. Jersey Finance Ltd very kindly provided the prize money for the awards, from their 60th anniversary of the finance industry in Jersey celebrations, and the Chief Executive Officer, Joe Moynihan awarded the top three in each category with their cash prizes, while AJC Chairman Kevin Keen awarded each of the winners with a carved trophy and a certificate.

Tiny Seeds was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Achievement for a small charity, with AllMatters Neurodiverse in second place and James’ Ark in third place.

Healing Waves, Ocean Therapy was awarded the top place for the Outstanding Achievement for a medium charity, Caring Cooks of Jersey taking second place and Jersey Women’s Refuge as third runners up.

The Outstanding Achievement for a large charity award was given to St John Ambulance, with Jersey Child Care Trust taking second place and Jersey Heritage Trust taking third place.

The overall winners were selected from the 33 entries by a panel of judges comprising Paul Routier MBE; local businessman Charles Humpleby; Secretary of the AJC, Liz Le Poidevin with head judge Jane Galloway, Arclight Solutions Ltd Senior Consultant (Consultancy and Training services for charities).
The entrants were reduced to a short list prior to judging by the pre-selection panel made up of Simon Boas, Executive Director of Jersey Overseas Aid, Helen Vieira, finance professional, and Lyn Wilton, AJC Administrator.

An extra award has recently been introduced, for Outstanding Contribution to charity for an individual, and this is chosen not by the judges but by the event organising committee.
This year we awarded two prizes, one for a team and one for an individual;
The team award went to Niamh and Penny of AllMatters Neurodiverse.
The individual award was given posthumously to the late Mike Strong (Mr AED), of Jersey Heart Support.

Approximately 190 representatives from all the charities who made a submission attended, together with invited guests.

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
  • Ana Leaf Foundation, sponsor of the event
  • Beresford Street Kitchen (BSK) for the catering
  • Carl Walker, Chairman of Jersey Consumer Council, our compere
  • Charles Humpleby, Judge
  • Foolish Things, entertainment
  • Jane Galloway, Head Judge
  • Jersey Employment Trust - Acorn Woodshack, for the wonderfully carved trophies
  • Jersey Finance Ltd, prize money
  • Joe Moynihan, CEO of Jersey Finance Ltd, presentation of prize money
  • Kevin Keen, AJC Chairman, presentation of trophies and closing speech
  • Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, Vice Admiral Jeremy Kyd, CBE, opening speech
  • Liz Le Poidevin, Judge
  • Marquee Solutions for the beautiful marquee & furnishings
  • Ransoms Garden Centre for the table decorations
  • Paul Routier MBE, Judge
  • Ryan O’Shea of Ryan O’Shea Photography, our official photographer
  • Sonneux, entertainment
  • Stage 2 Productions for the PA system
  • The Ukulele Band, entertainment
  • Volunteers; Simon Boas, Helen Vieira, Lynsey Mallinson, Adam Riddell, Sandra Auckland, Lyn Wilton
  • The Kings’ Arch - Government House

Commissioned by His Excellency Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III by creating an illuminated archway entrance to the formal gardens at Government House.

Official opening of The Kings' Arch, 13 July 2023, by HRH The Princess Royal

Design Philosophy

The Arch is designed to comprise salvaged materials that have been collected and saved by Mr Stephen Rylance (see bio) at his works, with the aim to build a pair of traditional Jersey granite gate pillars using dressed granite saved from a demolished Victorian Villa as part of a large development at Westmount Quarry, St Helier. The granite will be cut into quoins, trimmed to size, and dressed by hand. One of the capping stones still bears the name of the Villa. Foundations are to be made from local demolition waste, recycled locally.

The decorative iron archway with be formed from upcycled forged wrought iron including scrolls saved from gate panels dated from 1920’s, balcony balustrade from 1840’s, railings from 1970’s and hand forged samples from the noughties.

The archway will incorporate a Royal Crown, reusing an existing pattern as seen on the entrance gates to Government House, that is locally sand cast from a stock of empty drinks cans and other aluminium scrap.

The archway will comprise a hinged mechanism to allow high-sided vehicles access to the gardens fabricated from some wrought iron posts once used to support a local Victorian shop front and stainless steel sleeves saved from our restoration of the gilded cross at St Thomas’ Church.

There will be a pair of traditional style glazed lanterns, hand formed in copper, salvaged from pre-war water cylinders from a local demolished hotel, glazed with glass panes saved from Highlands College’s original sash windows when they were replaced some years ago.  The lanterns shall be topped with Crowns carved and cast inhouse and fully painted by hand with gilded highlights sat onto of some Victorian silver plated ‘cushions’.

To symbolise the special connection and loyalty of Jersey to The Crown - the granite pillars will have the Royal Cyphers of Charles II and Charles III hand-carved into the fronts of the new granite pillars and gilded, surmounted by their crowns that were hand sculpted and cast out of scrap roofing lead.