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The Beacon Prize 2005/6: Prize Winners

Beacon Special Prize 2005/6

Helen Bamber

Dr. Helen Bamber for her dedication to the care and counselling of holocaust survivors and victims of torture

For over 60 years, Helen Bamber has been at the forefront of assistance for the victims of the Holocaust and torture - working to provide support, counselling, medical treatment and care to those who continue to suffer the trauma and shock of ethnic and social cleansing around the globe.

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Beacon Prize for Creative Giving 2005/6

John Bird

John Bird for his energy and originality in raising awareness of homelessness and his support of homeless communities worldwide

Founder of The Big Issue, John Bird has radicalised the way the world views anyone who is in need of help or charity. He created a business model that would help people to help themselves rather than rely on generosity or pity. Over the last 14 years, The Big Issue has been replicated throughout the world with offices in Europe, Australia, Japan, South America and South Africa. Today, The Big Issue is sold in every major British city with around 10,000 joining the scheme in the UK each year.

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Beacon Prize for Family Philanthropy 2005/6

Rev. Canon William Broad

Rev. Canon William Broad for his work and his family’s dedication to improving the lives of people with disabilities through sailing and recreation

The Rev. Canon William Broad, has, for more than 22 years, been wholly dedicated to providing opportunities for disadvantaged young people through developing their individual skills in community-based activity. Supported by his family, ‘Bill’, as he is known, has committed to providing development opportunities for young people through original and creative projects, which encourage social inclusion and community integration.

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Beacon Special Prize 2005/6

Dame Vivien Duffield

Dame Vivien Duffield for her lifetime devotion to philanthropic giving and her charitable commitment to the arts

Vivien Duffield is head of the Clore Duffield Foundation, formerly chaired by her father Sir Charles Clore. The Foundation has pledged £12.3m to Clore Education Centres in national museums and galleries since 1998. Vivien has founded and has close associations with many charities and schemes in the arts world. She has devoted her life to philanthropy and charitable giving with an estimated £100 million in endowments raised during her career.

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Beacon Prize for Scotland 2005/6

Paul Hardie

Paul Hardie for his dedication to the support and development of young people in Arbroath, Scotland

Paul Hardie, 26, was one of the first members of the CAFÉ (Community Alcohol Free Environment) when it opened in 1996. Aiming to provide a sociable alternative to ‘life on the streets’ for young people in the area and providing a range of alcohol-and-drug-free activities in partnership with the local authority, Paul has been central to the support and social development of the young people in his community.

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Beacon Prize for Wales 2005/6

Kerryanne Jacobsen Okezie

Kerryanne Jacobsen Okezie for her leadership of the community-led regeneration programme in Newport, South Wales and her work and commitment to family learning in her local community

In 2000, Kerryanne Jacobsen Okezie founded the extraordinary Maesglas Family Learning Association in Newport, South Wales, a region of huge deprivation and unemployment. Through this initiative the Maesglas Centre has provided a much needed grass-roots community regeneration plan and has assisted hundreds of local people to access education and learning. The Maesglas Family Learning Association stands as an inspiring example of social empowerment and re-inclusion.

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Beacon Prize for Leadership 2005/6

Paul and Diana Lamplugh

Paul and Diana Lamplugh for their leadership in raising awareness of personal safety and addressing the causes and solutions to violence and aggression in Society

Paul and Diana founded the Suzy Lamplugh Trust after the disappearence of their daughter in 1986. Through their work, Paul and Diana established personal safety as a discipline to counter aggression and violence today. In this, Diana became the foremost expert in the country with Paul and Diana working together to create the Trust as the leading authority on the subject.

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Beacon Prize for Northern Ireland 2005/6

Kate McVeigh

Kate McVeigh for her dedication to transforming the lives of children with Autism in Northern Ireland

The work and determination of Kate McVeigh has resulted in the establishment of the Impact Trust and the Impact Centre for Learning and Development, which is committed to helping transform the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kate has devoted herself completely to this cause, creating a broader understanding of Autism in Northern Ireland today.

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Beacon Special Prize 2005/6

Matthew Orr and Claire Mackintosh

Matthew Orr and Claire Mackintosh for their joint innovation and creativity in charitable fundraising through the creation of ShareGift

ShareGift, established by the nominees in 1996, is the highly acclaimed charitable solution to the disposal of small share holdings that would cost more to sell than they are worth. ShareGift has generated millions of pounds for other UK charities as a result of Orr and Mackintosh’s outstanding initiative.

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Beacon Prize for England 2005/6

Rita Patel

Rita Patel for her commitment to multicultural relations and the advancement of Asian women in Leicester through education and training

Rita Patel is the dynamic force behind the multi-million pound Peepul Centre, which sits at the heart of Leicester’s multi-cultural community relations drive. Rita has gained recognition for her commitment to social inclusion and the advancement of Asian women in Leicester through community support, leisure services, education and training.

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Beacon Prize for New Initiatives 2005/6

Leah Pattison

Leah Pattison for her dedication to the alleviation of leprosy among women in India

Leah Pattison, known as the ‘Angel of Nagpur’, founded the charity ‘START’ in 2000, a organisation which assists women who have leprosy, by providing clothing, shelter, education and legal advice to the Community. During her training as a leprosy paramedic, she too contracted the disease. Now fully cured, Leah continues to be one of only two people working in the Nagpur region if India providing support to leprosy sufferers and their families.

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Beacon Prize for Community Builder 2005/6

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier for lifelong commitment to the care, well-being and the independence of people with disabilities worldwide

The founder of L’Arche (‘The Ark’), Jean has created an international family of 130 communities in 30 countries in which people with learning disabilities and their assistants live and work together. L’Arche believes that whatever their gifts and limitations, all people are bound together in a common humanity.

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Beacon Prize for Young Philanthropist 2005/6

Benjamin Wells

Benjamin Wells for his social entrepreneurial work with the marginalised Roma communities of Romania

Ben Wells has dedicated the past four years to turning around the lives of neglected children in the state-run orphanages of Romania. Through him, a school for destitute children has been created in order to provide the necessary tutelage for these children, the aim being to eventually reintroduce them to the Romanian education system. Still only 23 years old, Ben has given vulnerable Romanian children and young people from troubled and poverty stricken backgrounds a real chance to overcome their difficulties.

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Beacon Special Prize 2005/6

Michael Wood

Michael Wood for his commitment to alleviating poverty through his work with the poor and marginalised throughout the world

Relief for Oppressed People Everywhere (ROPE), a UK-based Christian volunteer charity, was started by Michael Wood in 1991. He derived inspiration by his commitment to The Acorn Foundation, a registered charity which he formed in 1996 devoted to alleviating acute poverty of those throughout the world for whom, help was not available from any other source. Michael’s vision, carried on today through ROPE, was to make a difference to suffering people and the poorest in the world.

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