The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards winners have been announced at a ceremony hosted by Dame Esther Rantzen and Rebecca Wilcox in London on Friday.
The awards reward the hard work, dedication and innovation of all those who work in the voluntary care sector. Nominations were made by organisations across the not-for-profit care sector, including people working with children and adults.
The lunchtime ceremony saw Dame Esther and her daughter present awards to the worthy winners, interviewing each person to find out about the sort of work they were doing and uncovering the passion that had won them the award.
After the ceremony, guests were entertained by Green Candle Dance Company, which put on a spectacular show with its older people's dance group, SpinOff.
The judges were once again taken aback by the calibre of the finalists this year, and, for the first time, the 12 Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards winners were joined in their celebrations by winners of five Judges' Special Recognition Awards.
The worthy 3rd Sector Care Awards winners for 2019 are:
Leading Change, Adding Value Compassion Award
Kris Harrold, Centre Manager, Facet
Community Engagement Award
Carren Bell, CEO & Founder, Lagan's Foundation
Disability Challengers and Westbrook
Creative Arts Award
Credo, Heritage Care
Collaboration (Integration) Award
Suzy Lamplugh Trust and MASIP Partners
Dementia Care Award
Nicolas Kee Mew, Avante Care & Support
Innovative Quality Outcomes Award
Contribution to Sector Development Award
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
End of Life Care Award
Anne Robson Trust
Campaigning for Change Award
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Making a Difference Award
Gabby Machell, Chief Executive, The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities
Judges' Special Recognition Awards
Cecilia Adetunji, Team Manager, The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities
First Steps Eating Disorders and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Coastline Housing and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team
Roundel House, Royal Star & Garter Homes, Solihull
John Hughes, Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League
Thanks goes to all of our sponsors for making these Awards possible, and a special thank you to our headline sponsor, Markel for all of their support.