Year 2013

  • A former child refugee from Germany who founded Britain’s first women-only, work-from-home, software company. Britain’s only Ambassador for Philanthropy, “Steve” has donated much of her accrued wealth (over £67m) to more than 100 philanthropic projects. We praise her for her altruist initiatives....

  • The 12-year-old from Troon, Scotland whose courage and tenacity won her 150,000 Twitter followers during her battle with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. After raising money for pioneering treatment in Germany, Vanessa was given the all-clear in January. We honor her for her courage and......

  • The deaf-blind teenager from Worcester runs life-skill workshops for disabled young people, gives speeches, and set up his own company to train those who want to help the blind and partially sighted. He had two poetry books published by the age of 14. We honor......

  • Since his daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 Les has raised over £1m. The fundraiser from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, helps thousands of ill children meet their heroes, arranges for them to go to concerts, pantomimes, and football matches, and organizes an annual Christmas party.......

  • Without any funding, Michelle organized a literature festival for Huddersfield, securing top authors such as Jodi Picoult and keeping most events free so they could be attended by everyone. Her nominator says: “Michelle is promoting reading and keeping a love of literature alive.” We applaud......

  • The couple started the Trussell Trust in 1997 after receiving a legacy left by Carol’s mother and set up the first food bank in their back garden in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Since then it has grown to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry Britons and won......

  • The brains behind Rolling Base, a converted single-decker bus that visits some of the most disadvantaged areas around the London Borough of Barnet. The interactive play facility has reduced crime by providing a safe space for young people to enjoy. We applaud him for the......

  • Runs the Kids Cookery School, a London charity that teaches disadvantaged children about food and how to cook. Fiona manages the team and coordinates workshops in schools and community centers. The school has taught more than 32,000 children and families since 2000. We praise her......

  • Loving foster carers who have welcomed nearly 100 children into their Swansea home during the last three decades. Since becoming involved with Foster Swansea in 1985, the couple has provided a home full of hope and love to 98 children. The couple retired at the......

  • Founder of Unchosen, a charity in Bath that promotes films, documentaries, and interviews aimed at combatting human trafficking in the UK. The organization relies on voluntary staff who update the website with information on film showings, and highlight news stories about human trafficking. We praise......