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The Beacon Prize 2005/6: Prize Winners

BEACON PRIZE 2007: OVERALL WINNER
BEACON PRIZE FOR YOUNG PHILANTHROPYAlexander McLean

Alexander McLean for his impressive philanthropic efforts in creating The African Prisons Project

22 year old Alexander McLean is the founder and director of the charitable initiative ‘The African Prisons Project’ which aims to alleviate the suffering of men, women and children who are prisoners in Africa. Alex has devoted himself to the care and welfare of the prisoners who struggle to survive under a brutal regime and in the most squalid conditions.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY BUILDER 2007

Heather Reynolds

Heather Reynolds for the creation of ‘God’s Golden Acre’ and her work to provide a refuge for abandoned and orphaned children in South Africa

Heather Reynolds has dedicated her life to the work of ‘God's Golden Acre’, a pioneering scheme which has resulted in saving thousands of desperately sick and dying South African children, who have been orphaned through HIV and AIDS.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR CREATIVE GIVING 2007

Duncan Goose

Duncan Goose for his work in launching ethical bottled water brand ‘One’

Founder of ‘Global Ethics Limited’ which raises funds for projects in developing countries, Duncan Goose went on to launch ‘One’ water, a new brand of ethical bottled water whose profits all go to providing water solutions in Africa.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR LEADERSHIP 2007

Samarendra Das

Samarendra Das for his pioneering work in establishing eye hospitals and clinics in India

Samarendra Das founded an ophthalmic trust fund through which he has ensured the funding and creation of 16 Eye Hospitals and Eye clinics in India that see 91,000 patients and perform 10,000 eye operations per year. None of these patients can afford and are not charged any money for their treatment.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR NEW INITIATIVES 2007

Michael de Giorgio

Michael di Giorgio for launching Greenhouse School Projects

Michael di Giorgio co-founded the Greenhouse Schools Project, the charity works to transform the lives of young people aged 11-16 by engaging them in sports and arts activities. GSP especially targets those who may not otherwise have access to these opportunities and gives young people a more positive outlook for the future.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR FAMILY PHILANTHROPY 2007

Claire Hicks

Claire Hicks for her work with IMPACT to prevent needless disability, and Sir John Wilson for his work with Sight Savers to provide eye care, amongst poor communities throughout the world

The late Sir John Wilson was a founder member of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind which today is internationally known as Sight Savers. Claire Hicks has continued and developed her father’s mission by building the international IMPACT programme which has restored sight, sound or freedom of movement to tens of thousands of people.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR SCOTLAND 2007

Janet Hannay

Janet Hannay for her support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities

Janet Hannay is central to the creation of Home-Start Wigtownshire which offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities. The team recruit and train volunteers to visit families at home to offer informal, friendly and confidential support.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR WALES 2007

Gill Donovan

Gill Donovan for her patient-centric, nurse-led treatments centres and chemotherapy clinics

Gill's unique ability to identify and articulate the needs of cancer patients culminated in her establishment of Cancer Care Cymru, a charity that trains and funds specialist nurses to deliver sustained treatment and support to patients alongside that given by the NHS.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND 2007

Jane Winter

Jane Winter for her Northern Ireland Human Rights Campaigns

Jane Winter is a founder and Director of British Irish RIGHTS WATCH an independent non-governmental organisation that monitors the human rights dimension of the conflict and the peace process in Northern Ireland. Jane has been instrumental in bringing about public inquiries into landmark events in Northern Ireland, such as Bloody Sunday.

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BEACON PRIZE FOR ENGLAND 2007

Diane Barran

Diana Barran for her extraordinary vision in setting up her own charity towards aiding and supporting victims of domestic violence

Diana is the founder of Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA), a ground breaking new process of using professional Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, (IDVAs), to support victims and co-ordinate help for them.

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BEACON SPECIAL PRIZE 2007

Sir Torquil Norman

Sir Torquil Norman for his helping underprivileged youths to fulfil their dreams, in expression through performing arts

The Norman Trust, a charity created to benefit children and young people, was established by Sir Torquil Norman who gave a 99 year lease to The Roundhouse Trust in addition to a commitment of £6.7 million to provide a national performance venue and creative centre for the most disadvantaged.

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BEACON SPECIAL PRIZE 2007

Zak Chowdhury

Zak Chowdhury for his uncontested passion in addressing and tackling the issue of bullying

Zak began with the Youth Act in 2003 and has gone on to become a director of the iPoweri campaign, as well as help set up and lead ABM (Anti-Bullying Massif). Zak and his peers in the ABM transformed the culture of their school and many others throughout London and the rest of the UK.

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BEACON SPECIAL PRIZE 2007

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer for his pioneering project of ICAP Charity Days

Michael Spencer is Chairman and Chief Executive of ICAP. Along with strengthening ICAP’s charitable contributions Michael introduced Charity Day in 1993. Since then Charity Day has raised millions of pounds for countless well deserving and needy causes globally.

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