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Wood Green Animal Shelters commended

Wood Green Animal Shelters a charity based in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire received a highly-commended on Thursday night at one of the most prestigious award ceremonies to be held within the charity sector - the Charity Awards 2003.

The charity, which takes in lost and unwanted animals and finds them secure and loving homes was recognised in the Animals and the Environment category at a glittering award ceremony at London's Hotel Inter-Continental on Park Lane.

The ceremony, the fourth annual UK Charity Awards event to take place, is the only national awards scheme in the UK to recognise excellence in the management of charities, acknowledging the outstanding work and achievements of charities from across the UK and the tireless commitment of the people behind them. Jane Asher, Steve Ryder, Barbara Dickson and the Chancellor of the Exchequer's wife, Sarah Brown were among an impressive line up of celebrities attending the event to present awards in 10 separate categories.

Other charities recognised on the night included Leonard Cheshire, Deafblind UK, Groundwork Northern Ireland and Christians Against Poverty.

Aimed at highlighting the management achievements of charities to help spread good practice throughout the sector, Wood Green Animal Shelters received a commendation for the excellent work it has undertaken in improving the rehoming of animals. The Charity Award judges were looking for examples of excellence from which other organisations can learn. They felt that the difference Wood Green Animal Shelters has made in this area was deserving of that recognition.

Daniel Phelan, organiser of The Charity Awards 2003 said: "the Charity Awards are all about drawing attention to the talent and expertise being bought to bear on voluntary activity in the UK. It is very important to acknowledge the management achievements of voluntary organisations and to highlight the effort and commitment that goes into making charities work.

The judges singled out those charities whose excellence in charity management they felt will inspire others. Wood Green Animal Shelters' commendation was richly deserved and I congratulate them on their achievements'.

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 included Amir Bhatia, Chairman of the Forbes Trust and a founding trustee of the Ethnic Minority Foundation, Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, Dorothy Dalton, former CEO of ACEVO and Heather Lamont, Editor of Charity Finance magazine.

As well as the ten category awards the judges awarded a special lifetime achievement award to Su Sayer, Chief Executive and Co Founder of United Response, for her outstanding contribution to excellence in charities over time.