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Wood Green Animal Shelters
nominated for national award

Wood Green Animal Shelters a charity based in Cambridgeshire has been nominated to receive one of the most prestigious accolades to be awarded within the charity sector at the Charity Awards 2003. The Charity, which takes in lost and unwanted animals and aims to find them secure and loving homes, has been shortlisted in the Education and Training category and is hoping to pick up the coveted award at a glittering award ceremony in London on the 19th June.

The Charity Awards are the major awards scheme to recognise excellence in the management of charities, acknowledging the outstanding work and achievements of all charities, big or small, from across the UK and the tireless commitment of the people behind them. This is the fourth year that the awards have taken place and Wood Green Animal Shelters sits in illustrious company on the shortlist alongside Comic Relief, Terrence Higgins Trust, Macmillan Cancer Relief and The Woodland Trust.

The Charity Awards judges have recognised the excellent work Wood Green Animal Shelters has undertaken in improving the rehoming of animals. If it does win its category, the Charity could also pick up the overall award for excellence in charity management - a prestigious award given to the best of the category winners and won last year by the Revolving Doors Agency.

The Charity Awards programme is organised by Charity Finance magazine, the leading business publication for the voluntary sector, and sponsored by The Leadership Trust.

The distinguished panel of judges includes Andrew Hind, Chief Operating Officer of BBC World Service; Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross; and Heather Lamont, Editor of Charity Finance magazine. Daniel Phelan, organiser of The Charity Awards 2003 said: "It is very important to acknowledge the management achievements of voluntary organisations and to recognise the effort and commitment that goes into making charities work. Highlighting good practice helps to spread it throughout the sector, and draws attention to the talent and expertise behind charities. Awards are given to those charities whose excellence in charity management which will inspire others, and from which other organisations will learn.

By being shortlisted, Wood Green Animal Shelters has already demonstrated this to our judges and I wish them luck on the night'. As well as the awards to charities, the judges will also make a special award to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to excellence in charity management.