The second Beacon Prize was launched in July 2004 with a national marketing campaign, led by the Daily Telegraph and Classic FM, calling for more 'unsung heroes' and inspiring stories.
We received over 400 nominations from the length and breadth of the UK which were subject to a three stage assessment process involving around 40 expert volunteers from the voluntary, business and media sectors.
18 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, truly representing charitable endeavour in Britain today.
The Prize Giving Ceremony in July 2005 was hosted by the Right Honourable David Miliband, MP, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 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.