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The 2016 Awards will take place on Monday 27 June 2016, Keele Hall, Keele University
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Charity Retail Awards are sponsored by Lloyds Bank, and we look forward to working with them to make this year’s Awards as inspiring and rewarding as ever. As well as putting on a fantastic evening’s reception, dinner, ceremony and disco at Keele!

The Awards will be presented at the Charity Retail Awards Ceremony, which is held on the first day of the Conference on Monday 27 June 2016, at Keele Hall.

Nish Kumar






The Awards will be presented by comedian Nish Kumar, described by Chortle as ‘the Asian answer to John Oliver.’

Nish has had sell-out success with both his recent Edinburgh shows, ‘Nish Kumar is a Comedian’ and ‘Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity.’ His debut show, ‘Who is Nish Kumar?’ earned him a spot in Dave’s Top Ten Funniest Jokes of the Fringe.

As well as performing, Nish writes for ‘The Kumars’ on Sky One and on ‘The Alternative Comedy Experience’ on Comedy Central.

With just under two weeks to go until the Charity Retail Association Conference 2016, the anticipation is growing with the announcement today of the Charity Retail Awards shortlisted finalists.

Talking about the Awards, Robin Osterley, CEO of the Charity Retail Association commented, “Every year the CRA presents these prestigious awards to throw a spotlight onto the amazing work done by innumerable volunteers and shop staff in the charity retail sector, as well as the managers and teams that support them.”

On the shortlists are …

Young Volunteer of the Year
MARC from the PDSA shop in Newcastle-under-Lyme
JOHN from the Shelter shop in Prestwick near Glasgow
SAM from Oxfam’s Music and Books shop in Huntingdon

Volunteer of the Year
PEGGY BAINBRIDGE from Rennie Grove Hospice Care in Tring
PETER CORBETT from the Air Ambulance shop in Buxton
CAROLINE JONES the celebrated Knickers’ Models Own volunteer from Cancer Research UK

Retail Staff Member of the Year
INDIA BATES, store manager at Shelter in Halesowen
PETE JEW joint manager of the general and book shops run by Shelter in Stockbridge nr Edinburgh
DAN WOOD, manager of the British Heart Foundation shop in Exeter

Shop Team of the Year
CULTS, the Aberdeen branch of Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland
The Children’s Trust team in DORKING
The Children’s Trust team in HAYWARDS HEATH

Specialist Shop of the Year
The Retro and Vintage shop for British Red Cross in BELFAST
Helen and Douglas House’s Eclectic Heart Shop in BURFORD, Oxfordshire
Cancer Research UK’s Superstore in CORSTOPHINE nr Edinburgh

Innovation in Charity Retailing
HELEN AND DOUGLAS HOUSE for their corporate team building activities
ST OSWALD’S HOSPICE for their Buy the Bag initiative encouraging customers to fill a bag with as many items as they
can fit into the bag for just £10.
WANDSWORTH OASIS for their regular hosting of community events

Best Use of Technology
AGE CONCERN CENTRAL LANCASHIRE for their comprehensive and holistic implementation of a new EPOS system
from KUDOS
CATS PROTECTION LEAGUE for a creative use of point of sale tablets and digital display screens
ST ELIZABETH’S HOSPICE for their comprehensive and holistic implementation of a new EPOS system from Cybertill

Supplier of the Year
EPRODUCTIVE for their outstanding support compliance on Retail Gift Aid, nominated by St Giles Hospice
CYBERTILL for their huge support for gift aid implementation, nominated by Lindsey Lodge Hospice
NISYST for their continued support of EPOS, this time nominated by All Aboard Charity Shops

The Community Impact Award
AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE for their recycling partnership with CT Skills and the Job Centre
HOME START WIRRAL for their partnership with Bidston Avenue primary school Birkenhead,helping children gain national citizenship awards and to add to their skills, knowledge and confidence
SENSE for their partnership with the National Citizen Service in raising awareness of charities and the charity retail sector.

Outstanding Charity Retailer of the Year

Most Valuable Item
It’s a secret – find out at the awards ceremony

Most Unusual Item Donated
It’s a secret – find out at the awards ceremony

WOW! Factor Awards: Still to be decided
All conference delegates have the chance to decide who receives these Awards as voting will take place at exhibition stand number 48 during the event.

Congratulations to all those who are featured in the above shortlists.

We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony at Keele Hall.
Festivities start 6.30pm, Monday 27 June.

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