Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for two Charity Times Awards, which recognise best practice and excellence in the UK charity and non-for-profit sector.

The Trust was shortlisted in two categories: Charity of the Year: with an income of £1 million - £5 million; and for the Community Award, which recognises organisations empowering communities and promoting social action.

The charity uses world class athletes to support young people facing disadvantage and empower them to lead positive lives. The Trust is currently operating in over 60 areas in the UK and is aiming to expand its transformational mentoring programmes to reach over 70,000 young people facing disadvantage in every area of the UK by 2020.

Speaking following the announcement, Tracey Fletcher, Interim CEO at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “It is a massive honour to have been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s Charity Times Awards. With the excellence demonstrated by charities across the UK, it is such a privilege to be nominated for the Charity of the Year award and reflects positively on the work of all our staff, athletes, partners, Trustees and young people who are associated with the Trust.

“We are also delighted to have been nominated for the Community Award, as we are extremely proud of the social action projects our young people design and deliver on all of our transformational programmes. We are particularly thankful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for allowing us to develop our innovative programmes in isolated areas last year and we look forward to expanding this work further as we continue to grow.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities for People’s Postcode Lottery, added: “We are very pleased that Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has been nominated for the Community Award in this year’s Charity Times Awards. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be delighted that thanks to the money they have raised, thousands of young people have positively benefitted from the social action community projects delivered by young people attending projects run by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.”

The Charity Times Awards continue to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Now in their 18th year, the awards are run by Charity Times Magazine - the leading title for UK non-profit professionals.

This year’s winners will be announced at the Charity Times Awards Gala Dinner & Ceremony on 4 October 2017 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.  The event was attended by over six hundred guests in 2016 and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever.

For more information visit www.damekellyholmestrust.org.