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Finalists Announced for VAL Awards 2022

Finalists Announced for VAL Awards 2022

The awards, which have been created by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, will celebrate the ‘real world heroes of the pandemic’ in Leicestershire and Rutland, taking place on Friday 16th September.

The 2022 VAL Awards – whose headline sponsor is Morningside Pharmaceuticals – are a chance for the public to celebrate the amazing people, groups and organisations that make up the voluntary and charity sector in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland – and help shine a spotlight on their amazing and inspiring contributions, especially over the pandemic. 

Finalists for each category are as follows:

City Charity of the Year:
Eyres Monsell Club for Young People
Together Against Cancer

County Charity of the Year:
Hope Against Cancer
Charnwood 20:20 (TwentyTwenty)
Melton and District Money Advice Centre

Rutland Charity of the Year:
Rutland Clothing Bank
SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity
Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland

Social Enterprise of the Year:
Access Rating
Leicester Mammas CIC
Action Trust – Action Homeless

Volunteer-Led Organisation of the Year:
Koi Sports
We Care UK
The Zoomers

Trustee of the Year:
Ian Pritchard – Leicester Animal Aid
Usha Mehta – Jain Samaj Europe
Denis Kenyon – Hallaton Church Restoration Trust
Ian Knight – Menphys
Jean Voller – VISTA

Volunteer of the Year:
Michael Condon – Headway Leicester
Praful Thakrar – Shreeji Dham Haveli
Sam Killip – Enrych
Raj Gill-Harrison – Carers Health & Wellbeing Forum
Jill Magee – Leics & Rutland Youth Sailing Association

Inspiring Leader of the Year:
Moneer Noori & Narges Farahi – Bright Path Futures
Rev Alison Adams – Diocese of Leicester
Yasin El-Ashrafi – HQ Recording
Dr Iris Lightfoote – The Race Equality Centre

Kevin Allen-Khimani, Executive Manager – Public Sector Contracts and Projects at VAL, commented:

“It was fantastic to see the calibre and number of nominations for the 2022 VAL Awards. The past two years has seen unprecedented pressure and stresses on our charity and voluntary sector here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, so it will be wonderful to come together again and celebrate their achievements and hard work.

“The only problem we can foresee is that the Judges are going to have a really tough job deciding on the winners in each category!”

The ticketed event is planned for September 16th will take place in the Grand Hall at Leicester’s The Mercure Grand Hotel.  The awards are made possible by the generous support of local businesses which include headline sponsor, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, alongside BHIB, Hastings Direct, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Everything Global, Paragon Sales Solutions and Fraser Urquhart Media. Monies raised allow the event to run without charge to nominees. 

There are limited tickets still available for the awards ceremony – please visit for more information and to book.

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