We are excited to announce Launchpad is one of four finalists for a Thames Valley Business Magazine Award in the Charity of the Year category – which is sponsored by James Kowper Kreston, a firm of accountants and business advisers across the south of England.
The Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards is open to every company in the Thames Valley area and recognises not only profitability, innovation and employment but also the contribution made to the local economic community and the provision of support to culture and charities in the region.
Earlier in the month, as part of the entry process, award judges visited Launchpad to meet with CEO, Ian Caren; Chair, Suzanne Stalland; Finance Manager, Kate Firth; and Corporate Partnerships Manager, Jason McMahon to go through the charity’s submission and further understand our work and the developments we have made over the past 12 months.
Local charities DEBRA, Berkshire Youth and The Oasis Partnership are finalists alongside Launchpad and judges will be giving the Charity of the Year award to the organisation that can best demonstrate:
- Outstanding achievement and service to its beneficiaries
- Innovative fundraising ideas
- Achievement of its goals over the course of the past year.
Ian Caren, Launchpad’s CEO, said “It really is an honour and a privilege for Launchpad to be shortlisted for Charity of the Year, especially alongside fantastic organisations which do great work in the region. Our aim with every year that goes by is to support more vulnerable people in Reading and prevent homelessness once and for all – and in 2018/19 we helped over 1,400 people get back on their feet. But we simply couldn’t do this without the support and generosity of our amazing community.”
The award ceremony takes place on November 28 2019 at Madejski Stadium – wish us luck!