Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

Forget Me Not has been shortlisted in the Children & Youth category for its Sudden Death in Childhood (SUDIC) service, which supports families devastated by the sudden death of their child.

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn. 

Forget Me Not’s pioneering SUDIC service is the first of its kind within a hospice in the UK and provides immediate and ongoing practical, emotional and therapeutic support to families whose child has died suddenly and unexpectedly.  

Lis Meates, director of service delivery and development at Forget Me Not, said: “We’re delighted and honoured to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award in recognition of our unique support for traumatised families.

“Having access to professional and specialist bereavement support is vital for the long-term physical and mental wellbeing of these families, yet many who experience the sudden death of their child have to cope alone. We aim to fill that gap.”

The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.

The 10 category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on June 16, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

The evening will be hosted by broadcaster and commentator Ayesha Hazarika, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Forget Me Not on making the highly-coveted shortlist.

He said: “The breadth and quality of the work being done by charities across the UK continues to astonish. Forget Me Not should be very proud to have made the shortlist.

“For 22 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process highlights those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most effective approaches to delivering real change.

“All the nominees on this year’s shortlist are examples of large and small charities who are truly leaders in their field. I wish Forget Me Not the very best of luck on the night.”

Peter Hugh Smith, chief executive at CCLA, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: “The Charity Awards celebrate the pinnacle of charitable endeavour and this year’s entries are no exception.

“CCLA is delighted to support the awards and to help promote the fantastic work that the sector is doing across the UK.  We wish Forget Me Not the very best of luck.”