Helen & Douglas House was named Charity of the Year at the 18th annual Thames Valley Business Awards, held on November 15, the actual 30th anniversary of the world’s first children and young adults’ hospice.
“Exceptional people doing outstanding things for exceptional people” was how the judges summed Helen & Douglas House up. They went on to say that the charity demonstrated a continued level of outstanding commitment across the entire organisation to its charitable aims and objectives, continuing service improvements to its beneficiaries, achieving significant income generation targets in the face of continuing economic uncertainty, achieving the PQASSO Quality Mark from the Charities Evaluation Service and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award was presented to Chief Executive, Tom Hill, who was accompanied by Elizabeth Drew, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Helen & Douglas House.
Dragon’s Den star and award-winning businesswoman Hilary Devey was the guest of honour as some of the brightest and the best companies in the Thames Valley celebrated their successes.
Forty-six businesses were shortlisted for awards in eight different categories, with technology specialists, catering companies and recruitment experts competing against manufacturers, charity groups and retail gurus to take home one of the impressive trophies.
The event, held at Reading’s Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, was attended by more than 340 top businessmen and women from across the region.