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Beacon Prize 2004 opens for nominations

The Beacon Fellowship has launched its search for this year’s winner of the Beacon Prize, which recognises individuals who have made exceptional contributions to charitable or social causes.

The Beacon Fellowship, which seeks to promote an improved culture of giving, is asking the public to nominate a person they feel has made a significant contribution to charity, whether through resources, time or specialist skills.

The winner in this second year of the prize will receive £20,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. This year, as well as the main prize, there will be regional shortlists to honour the most inspiring givers from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

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The Beacon Prize aims to celebrate and raise the profile of giving in the UK by giving recognition to those who make an outstanding contribution to charity.

Emily Stonor, Chief Executive of Beacon today said: “Last year, the Beacon Prize showed that the UK has some tremendous hidden assets. We received hundreds of nominations and discovered some real 21st century community heroes and role models – from a 15 year old girl who raised £12,000 for Afghan Refugees to a former MP who has volunteered for 40 years at a charitable foundation that fights for the rights of the poor in the UK.”

David Charters, Chair of Trustees added: “Our theme this year is ‘shining a light on charity heroes’. So if there is someone in your area who has made an outstanding contribution to charity, whether its time, energy, money, skills or talent, then please nominate them.”

Prize categories include Risk Taking, Creative Giving, New Initiatives, Leadership, Community Builder, and Young Philanthropist. In addition there will be Judges Special Prizes for The Most Generous Celebrity, The Most Generous Business Leader and The Most Generous Young Person.

Nominations forms need to be received by 1 October 2004 and can be obtained online. Charities, voluntary and community organisations and the general public may nominate an individual for a prize.

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