The LGF receives GSK Impact Award

Publish Date: 16/05/2014

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) received an award of £30,000 for helping to improve the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people by successfully campaigning for NHS England to monitor the sexual orientation of staff and patients at the GSK Impact Awards ceremony last night.

Winners of the awards were announced earlier this year and the award ceremony took place last night at the Science Museum in London, with over 400 people attending. The GSK IMPACT Awards are run in partnership with The King’s Fund and they also produced videos about the 10 award winners and their work, including The LGF.

This year, there was fierce competition and The LGF was selected from over four hundred charities nationwide as one of the winners. The award is seen as a mark of excellence in the health charity sector as winners must show they are targeting need in the community and that they are having a real impact.

Gloucestershire Young Carers was announced as the overall winner of the GSK Impact Awards and won a further £10,000. Other winners included Amaze, Anaphylaxis Campaign, Aware Defeat, HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young), Mayfair Community Centre, Open Secret, Rise (Refuge, Information, Support, Education) and Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living.

The judging panel included journalist Fiona Phillips; Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Care at the Care Quality Commission; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK; and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.

Sir Christopher Gent and Sir Chris Kelly gave out the awards, and Fiona Phillips introduced the overall winner.

Each winner receives £30,000 in unrestricted funding and a leadership development course. There are 10 winners this year and 10 runner-up organisations.