The inaugural Beacon Prize was launched in April 2003 with a national marketing campaign calling for 'unsung heroes' and 'inspiring stories' led by the Daily Telegraph and Classic FM.
We received 765 nominations from the length and breadth of the UK which were subject to a three stage assessment process involving 40 expert volunteers from the voluntary, business and media sectors.
14 Prize Winners were selected by a prestigious panel of independent Judges. Winners combined national and community figures, the rich and not-so-rich, a wide range of ages and backgrounds to be a true representation of charitable endeavour in Britain today.
The Prize Giving Ceremony was hosted by Gordon Brown, Prime Minister at No 11 Downing Street where the overall winner received a cheque for £20,000 to give to the charity of their choice.
Beacon Fellows are actively engaged in the Beacon Fellowship.