On the 22nd November 2016, Tracey Ford CEO and Founder of “JAGS” Foundation along with Criminologist Researcher Emilia Gill attended the “Just Giving Awards Gala Event”. Over 14.000 people were nominated to receive rewards, however, there could only be twenty-four finalists .Those who made it to the finals, each had a different charity focus. For example finalist Dean Ovel was nominated “Creative Fundraiser” of the year due to building a human size hamster wheel out of wood. Dean ran on the hamster wheel for 24 hours in public view, which raised just under £8000 to support the Southend hospital charity “Dementia Appeal”.
Another fantastic finalist was four-year old Lyla who showed a selflessness wanting to donate clean water to children in developing countries for her fifth birthday. Instead Lyla’s parents received donations which were forwarded to the charity “Water aid” instead of presents for Lyla.This raised a whooping £1.700.
There were also a celebrity nominations ,one being Henry Cavil Ambassador for the Royal Marines Charity and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The nominated celebrity winner Jodie Kidd , was awarded by “JAGS” very own Tracey Ford. Jodie raised over £25.000 to support the “Help for Heroes” Charity by climbing 19.341 feet and cycling with wounded veterens.The money will go towards those veterans who suffer from depression and anxiety. Tracey reiterated “the evening was a great one with a beautiful dinner and stories told that could make you cry” .We can only imagine how good it felt to hand an award to such an amazing young woman.
Thank you “Just Giving” for inviting us to such a super event.
JAGS Foundation Criminologist Researcher