Last night, Family Fund took home the ‘Grantmaking and Funding’ award from The Charity Awards, for our work establishing Family Fund Business Services, our trading subsidiary.

Since its inception, Family Fund Business Services (FFBS) has raised £2.9 million to fund our work supporting families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

FFBS uses Family Fund’s expertise in grant-making to provide fulfillment services for public and third sector organisations, with all profits going to Family Fund. Not only does this increase the number of grants Family Fund can offer, but also diversifies Family Fund’s income, further securing our future.

Cheryl Ward, Group Chief Executive of Family Fund said, “We are delighted to win the Grantmaking and Funding award at the Charity Awards. The award recognises the dedication we have as a Group to using our 45 years of charity experience in providing grants and services to improve and increase support to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“The strong governance, expertise and foresight of our Board of Trustees and Executive, alongside the commitment of the senior management team, has established Family Fund Business Services as a highly successful trading subsidiary. It has provided around £2.9 million to support the charity’s work with families raising disabled or seriously ill children over the last four years, and we look forward to seeing it grow further in the future.”

Winners were announced at the award ceremony at the Pavilion at the Tower of London, after being chosen by an independent 11-strong judging panel, each with a great deal of experience through working in or supporting the charity sector. The judging panel included, among others, Mandy Johnson (CEO, Small Charities Coalition), Sir John Low (CEO, Charities Aid Foundation), Andy Pitt (Head of Charities, Rathbones), Danielle Walker Palmour (Director, Friends Provident Charitable Foundation) and Andy Hind (Executive Editor, Civil Society Media).

Our fellow nominees; Islington Giving and Trust for London showcased a wide range of achievements within a variety of fields, such as mental health care for pregnant women, getting vulnerable people into employment and new mothers, overseas aid, and legal support for migrant children.

Speaking of those shortlisted, Julian Chislett, Chief Executive of Civil Society Media said “After a year of increased scrutiny and considerable challenge to the sector it is so important that we celebrate success. Not only have we received over 30 per cent more entries than ever but the standard of the charities on our shortlist this year is incredible and the stories behind them truly inspiring.  We are extremely proud to have such a fantastic group of entries.”

Click here to find out more about Family Fund Business Services on their website.