Honouring the hard work and dedication of the over 65s
Now in their sixth year, and quickly becoming established as a real highlight in the calendar, the Churchill Awards in association with the Telegraph have become a means of recognising and demonstrating the significant role that over 65s play in British society.
Spencer McCarthy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Churchill Retirement Living, and the driving force behind the awards, explains more:
"The Churchill Awards highlight everything the over 65s contribute to our society, and recognise the significant amount they still have to offer. It was a pleasure to welcome all our winners to celebrate with us this year and I would like to thank all our judges and everyone who has played a part in these awards, which continue to go from strength to strength."
The winners for 2017 were announced at an exclusive lunchtime ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental, London on Thursday 1 February 2018. The judging panel for this year’s awards included other well-known figures such as Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE (literature), David Courtney (popular music), Humphrey Ocean (art), and Lawrie McMenemy (sport).
This year's winners included Sir David Jason (stage & screen), Sir James Dyson (business), Lord Melvyn Bragg (literature), Baroness Joan Bakewell (politics), Moira Stewart (radio) and Sir Geoff Hurst and Gordon Banks (charity).
Previous winners include
- Arsène Wenger OBE (Sport)
- Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE (Business)
- Angela Rippon (TV)
- The late Sir Roger Moore (Stage & Screen)
- Dame Barbara Windsor DBE (charity)
The Churchill Awards are also an opportunity to reward some ordinary people whose achievements are less widely recognised, but no less worthy. Two special ‘Local Hero’ Awards went to Danny and Val Edwards from Southampton, and Oriana Taylor from Fareham, honouring them for the work they do in their local communities.
Bill Morgan also won the ‘Churchill Owner’ Award for his contribution towards everyday life at Churchill’s Eaton Lodge development in Chester.
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, Churchill Ambassador said:
I wholeheartedly congratulate the winners of these awards for providing us with such remarkable role models. They have all made a difference to the lives of millions of people over the past year, and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and celebrate their achievements. We will continue to be inspired by them and learn from them.
The 2018 Churchill Awards will be judged later this year, with nominations opening soon.