Top community health and wellbeing charities win GSK IMPACT Awards

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Ten charities have been named as winners of the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards for their outstanding work improving health and wellbeing in their communities.

Following a rigorous selection and assessment process, 10 charities were chosen from more than 400 charities across the UK as winners of the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards. The awards are designed to recognise the outstanding work of small and medium sized charities working to improve health and wellbeing in communities across the UK. Winners receive £30,000 in unrestricted funding as well as expert support and leadership development provided by The King’s Fund. 

The 10 winners of the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards are:

  • Auditory Verbal UK, helping deaf children learn to listen and talk so they can get an equal start at school
  • Empire Fighting Chance, a Bristol-based charity transforming young lives through non-contact boxing
  • Headway East London, supporting brain injury survivors, their families and carers
  • Maundy Relief, tackling poverty and helping people in real need in Accrington
  • New Pathways, helping people who have experienced rape or sexual assault across south, west and mid-Wales
  • Playlist for Life, using music to help improve the lives of people with dementia and their families across the UK
  • Shantona Women’s and Family Centre, empowering women and strengthening families in diverse communities in Leeds
  • Trevi House, a Plymouth-based charity helping mothers to recover from addiction without separating them from their children
  • Vision Care for Homeless People, providing eye tests and glasses to homeless people
  • Yellow Door, improving the lives of people affected by domestic or sexual abuse across Hampshire.

Developing leaders in the charity sector is a key aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme and all winners are invited to build on their success and take part in a tailored leadership development programme run by The King’s Fund. Following this, they are invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a UK-wide network of more than 85 previous award winners who work together to develop leaders, find new ways of working and provide mutual support.  

The 10 winning charities will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Wednesday 13 May 2020. The overall winner will be announced on the night and awarded an extra £10,000. 

Katie Pinnock, Director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:

‘We are extremely proud of the GSK IMPACT Awards, now in their 23rd year. This year’s winners are making a huge difference to the lives of people, and it’s an honour to be able to recognise and support the work that they are doing. 

'The 10 winners offer help with a wide range of issues across the UK. It’s inspiring to see the different ways that these outstanding charities are engaging and supporting their communities and finding new and innovative ways to deliver their services.’

Lisa Weaks, Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, at The King’s Fund, said: 

‘The standard of entry to this year’s awards was extremely high, showing the massive impact that community charities are having on people’s health and wellbeing. The financial support and the leadership and development opportunities offered by the GSK IMPACT Awards will give an important boost to these organisations and vital support for their leaders.’

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The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health care charities. For more information visit 

The awards are open to charities working in health and wellbeing with an annual income between £80,000 and £2.5 million that are at least three years old. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submission: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting need. For more information on the application process, visit our GSK IMPACT Awards page. The 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards will be open for application in June 2020.

This year, £340,000 in prize money will be awarded to UK charities through the GSK IMPACT Awards. There are ten winners that each receive £30,000 and ten runner-up organisations that each receive £3,000. An overall winner will be awarded an additional £10,000 at the award ceremony at The Science Museum in London on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

The 2020 winners went through a rigorous assessment, including a half day in-depth discussion with an assessor from The King’s Fund, and were selected by a judging panel of health and charity experts including Philip Thomson, President Global Affairs, GSK; Richard Murray, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund; Gemma Bull, Funding Strategy Director at The National Lottery Community Fund; Ruth Davison, Interim Chief Executive at Comic Relief; and Will Warburton, Director of Improvement at The Health Foundation.

Since the awards began in 1997, nearly 480 community health care charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling nearly £7 million.

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