The King’s Fund and GSK have announced that The Hepatitis C Trust has won a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Award for its outstanding contribution to improving health. It was one of eight charities to beat 351 applicants to win GSK’s prestigious accolade for charities, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, which comes with funding of £25,000
The IMPACT Awards, GSK’s flagship UK corporate social responsibility programme now in its 15th year, highlight the crucial role charities play in meeting health needs, and promote innovation and good practice across the voluntary sector. Lisa Weaks, Third Sector Programme Manager at The King’s Fund, said:
‘This is a clear IMPACT Award winner and an impressive organisation, led and run by patients with the disease. The Trust’s campaigning has had significant impact on policy makers, both nationally and internationally, and GP awareness, while its local testing initiatives have cleverly engaged with target groups. It is an excellent example of how charities can have an significant impact on attitudes and awareness of a disease.’
Charles Gore, The Hepatitis C Trust’s Chief Executive, said:
‘We are delighted and honoured to receive such a prestigious award. The question we most often ask ourselves is: are we making a difference? Are we having an impact? It’s wonderful to have independent verification that we are. This award is a reflection on the extraordinary dedication of the staff here that allows us to punch well above our weight.’
The calibre of award is reflected in its judging panel who chose the winners, which this year includes Professor Steve Field, former Chair of the Royal College of GPs and Chair of the NHS Future Forum which advises government on health policy; Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of Big Lottery; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chairman of GSK; and, Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.
The Hepatitis C Trust won the award along with seven other charities. As part of the award a short film was made about the work each charity does and you can view this here.