Pure Innovations wins at the Charity Awards 2022

Posted on the 21st June 2022

Pure Innovations is delighted to announce that it has taken the top prize in the Disability category at this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

Pure Innovations was recognised for The Kitchen, its project supporting people with disabilities to run all aspects of a commercial bakery. Products are sold onsite in a restaurant and distributed to cafes across Greater Manchester.

Alongside the nine other category winners, the Overall Winner and the recipient of the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, Pure Innovations was presented with the trophy at a black-tie ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 16 June, hosted by broadcaster, commentator and writer Ayesha Hazarika.

The Charity Awards shortlist is chosen by an independent panel of expert judges, themselves all eminent figures in the charity sector. The judges score each entry against six Hallmarks of Excellence before coming together for two days of challenge and discussion to select the winners.

Matt Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Pure Innovations on winning the highly-coveted award.  He said:

“The standard of entries this year was as high as ever, despite the challenges that the sector has faced during the pandemic – so Pure Innovations should be very proud to have won their category. Their programme has delivered great results for individuals with disabilities.

“For 22 years the Charity Awards have been recognising and celebrating the fantastic work that large and small charities do up and down the UK every day of the week, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities win awards.”

Peter Hugh Smith, chief executive at Overall Awards Partner CCLA, said:

“The Charity Awards represent the pinnacle of charitable endeavour and CCLA is delighted to support the Awards and to help promote the fantastic work that the sector is doing across the UK.


“This year’s competition was as stiff as ever and all the category winners deserve enormous credit. Pure Innovations demonstrates beyond any doubt that the charity sector really can change the world. Huge congratulations to their team.”

The Shortlist and Winners 2022




Arts, Culture & Heritage

WINNER: Services For Education

Centre for Ageing Better

Immediate Theatre


Campaigning & Advocacy

WINNER: Tommy’s

Surviving Economic Abuse


Children & Youth

WINNER: Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

New Horizon Youth Centre



WINNER: Pure Innovations

Brain Injury Matters (NI)

Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs

Education & Training

WINNER: World Jewish Relief

Action Tutoring


Environment & Conservation

WINNER: FareShare UK

In Kind Direct

YHA (England & Wales)

Healthcare & Medical Research

WINNER: Dentaid


St John Ambulance

Grantmaking & Funding

WINNER: Smallwood Trust

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home

Macmillan Cancer Support

International Aid & Development

WINNER: Tea Leaf Trust

Pump Aid

The Lotus Flower

Social Care, Advice & Support

WINNER: Back on the Map

Cyfannol Women’s Aid

Ripple Suicide Prevention

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