The winners of the Foundation Awards 2022 were revealed at an awards breakfast event today (31 March), with £21,000 donated to partner charities as part of the celebrations.
110 guests had gathered at the Bishopsgate Institute in London to celebrate the achievements of individuals, Berkeley businesses, supply chain companies and charity partners – all supporting the Foundation’s work and making a difference to our local communities.
The shortlisted nominees were chosen for their exemplary contributions to charity partnerships, including fundraising huge sums, which are then matched pound for pound by the Berkeley Foundation. Everyone who was shortlisted was asked to nominate a Foundation charity partner of their choice for a £1,000 donation.
The partner charities receiving the prize money are Crisis, Demelza, ellenor, Evelina, London Children’s Hospital, Home-Start London, Honeypot Children’s Hospice , Mencap, Key4Life, Momentum, MyBnk, Rethink Mental Illness, SPEAR, The Change Foundation, The Grange Centre, The Rainbow Trust and Triangle Adventure Playground – the latter claiming £4,000 in prize money thanks to multiple wins for its partner Berkeley St Edward.
Rob Perrins, Managing Director of the Berkeley Group and Chairman of the Berkeley Foundation, gave the introductory speech, highlighting how our strong relationships with charity partners and the Berkeley Group has helped us have a deeper impact in our first decade.
Rob also introduced the first ever showing of the new Foundation film, which features charity partners and Berkeley colleagues who have been involved in the Foundation’s journey so far.
Rob handed over to Guy Rigden, CEO of MyBnk, one of the Foundation’s long term partners. Guy spoke about how the partnership has helped The Money House expand into new areas and helping prevent more young people becoming homeless, and what the partnership will look like over the next years.
Sally Dickinson, Head of the Berkeley Foundation, then took to the stage to announce the winners of the nine categories. Fanfare, please!
Best Individual Commitment to Fundraising
Kirsty Burnett, Berkeley St Edward
Best Individual Commitment to Volunteering
Richard Caley, Berkeley St Edward
Best Divisional Commitment to the Foundation
St George West London
Best Contractor Commitment to the Foundation
J A Stott Carpentry
Payroll Giving Award
Berkeley Homes East Thames
Most Impactful Charity Partnership
Triangle Adventure Playground and Berkeley St Edward
Most Inspiring Berkeley Foundation Champion
Samantha Stiff, Berkeley Homes Southern
The Tony Pidgley Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Foundation
Emily West, Berkeley St Edward
Annie Poole, Berkeley Homes Oxford & Chiltern
The 2022 judging panel consisted of
Gabbie Filmer-Pascoe, Trust and Foundations Manager, Imperial College London
Diana Paolone, B4SI Network Coordinator EMEA, Corporate Citizenship
Alison Dowsett, Trustee, Berkeley Foundation
Alastair Bradshaw, Risk Executive, Berkeley Group
“I was amazed to read about such inspiring people, companies and partnerships that showed a strong dedication to improving the lives of those around them. Those that struck me most embodied an honest joy, creative passion, and unwavering perseverance through their contributions to the community- especially in the midst of a pandemic. It was a great privilege to be a part of a group who discussed the amazing contributions made- Congratulations to all recipients!”
“It was fantastic to be back celebrating all those who make the Foundation what it is! The commitment of Berkeley Group staff, supply chain contacts and charity partners has been unwavering over our first decade. It feels great to be able to acknowledge their work and say thank you.
It’s been a really inspiring morning seeing everyone enjoy the awards, and I hope the rest of the guests feel as energised as I do!”