Shivia wins International Charity Award

The largest event of its kind to honour UK charities and their supporters, the 18th annual event brought together charities and organisations from across the sector to celebrate the success and impact of individual and collaborate work.

The 18th Annual Charity Times Awards were hosted in London on Wednesday 4th October 2017 and we were delighted that, for the third year running, Shivia was shortlisted for an award alongside three other charities – AfriKids, Interpal and Media Legal Defence Initiative.

It was an honour to be considered for this award by the panel of 12 independent judges and when we arrived for the ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster hotel we already felt like winners.

So it came as a genuine but very welcome shock to be announced the overall winner, as you can see by the reaction from our team here:

We have received wonderful feedback from many supporters since the announcement, including this on Facebook from Nishant Lalwani, one of our trustees:

I cannot express how proud I am of Shivia and Olly Donnelly for this spectacular achievement.  Charity Times recognised Shivia as the International Charity of the year 2017.  As context, last year’s winner was BRAC, the largest NGO in the world.  Yes, seriously.  What a well deserved and wonderful thing this is.  I am very proud to be on their board and am terrifically excited about the future of Shivia!


Olly Donnelly receiving the award from the event hosts with Vasant Subramanyan, Chairman of Nirdhan (Shivia India).

Click here for the full list of winners on the Charity Times website.

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