Award categories and judges

We are looking for people who have shown an exceptional level of commitment to supporting the work of The Brain Tumour Charity, those that have gone above and beyond to help us move closer to a world where brain tumours are defeated.

We'd love to hear about all the wonderful things our community are doing and celebrate with you, because together we are stronger.

Voting is now closed, winners will be announced at the Celebrating You Awards on 19 April.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the following awards categories:

The Award for Special Recognition

This award recognises an individual outside of the research or clinical setting who has made a significant contribution to defeating brain tumours, going above and beyond in their support. We will also consider nominations for teams as part of this award. For example, nominations may be for someone that has campaigned significantly for changes at a policy level, raised awareness or an individual that has dedicated themselves to increasing funds that are directed to research into brain tumours.

The Viv McBeth Fundraiser of the Year

This award celebrates an individual or team, who have, in the last year, accomplished amazing fundraising achievements. This isn't just about how much money has been raised, it's about the heroes that have been creative in their efforts to raise vital funds or stretched themselves to the limit to help find a cure.

The Volunteer of the Year Award

Our volunteers are an inspirational group of people who give their time and energy to help move us closer to our vision of a world where brain tumours are defeated. This award is for an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to The Brain Tumour Charity as a volunteer over the past year, demonstrating the great dedication, commitment and compassion that is at the heart of volunteering.

The Influencer of the Year Award

Our community often stands up for issues that would otherwise go unnoticed or unappreciated. They champion the cause to ensure people don't get left behind and that their voice is not ignored. This award celebrates the individual who has shone the brightest light on brain tumours and helped us reach our goals.

Awards in the following categories will also be given on the night:

The Professional Excellence Award

The work of healthcare professionals is vital in improving the lives of people affected by brain tumours and we want them to know just how much they're valued. From a clinical nurse specialist to an allied healthcare professional, this award will recognise and celebrate the work of an individual or team that has made a real difference in the care they provide. Whether they were involved in your treatment or you have witnessed a team that is striving for improvements in services, this is your chance to shine the light on them.

The Clinician of the Year Award

The skill and commitment of clinicians, from Neurosurgeons to Oncologists, is incredible. This award is your chance to celebrate the achievements of a remarkable individual that is providing the best care possible with extraordinary interpersonal skills. Or, perhaps you have witnessed a colleague who is pushing the boundaries and testing out new innovative approaches? Either way, these people are critical to helping us defeat brain tumours sooner.

The Discovery Award

This award has been created to enable The Brain Tumour Charity to celebrate excellence in research, either clinical or academic, here in the UK or abroad. Celebrating individuals or teams who have led research that has driven new thinking or practice to make a significant difference to the lives of people with a brain tumour.

The Partnership of the Year Award

This award is open to teams, individuals and companies that have helped The Brain Tumour Charity to deliver on its ambitious strategy over the past year. We are looking for innovation and collaboration through relationships that are enabling us to move forward in our goals more quickly and effectively. For example, partnerships could take the form of any of the following:

Fundraising partnership

Project partnership with another organisation

Strong partnership in the media and entertainment sector

Partnership which has led to the provision of pro bono skills and equipment

The Research Engagement Award

Communicating the work that we fund and the impact that we have made to individuals is sometimes tricky due to the complexities of brain tumours and science. This award recognises the outstanding contribution of an individual that goes above and beyond in helping others to understand what we're trying to achieve when it comes to the research that we fund.

Meet our judges

The Brain Tumour Charity: Celebrating You Awards 2018 judging panel has the tough task of shortlisting our inspirational nominees. Each member of our panel believes in the importance of our work and supports The Brain Tumour Charity's goals.

How do you select the winners?

These awards are being held to recognise the achievements of everyone at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours. This could be a friend, family member, colleague, healthcare professional, someone in your community, yourself or someone who inspired you but is sadly no longer with us.

In each category, the judges were looking for positive and inspirational stories of achievement, commitment and dedication that aligns to the delivery of our strategy to double survival rates and halve the negative impact that brain tumours have on quality of life.

All nominations were considered by an internal panel who agreed a shortlist for each award category. Shortlisted nominations will then went forward to a final judging panel, each of whom have been affected by this terrible disease in some way or are passionate about helping us to defeat brain tumours sooner.

The panel met to decide the shortlist for the following categories in December: The Viv McBeth Fundraiser of the Year Award, The Volunteer of the Year Award, The Influencer of the Year Award and The Award for Special Recognition. The public will then be able to vote for their winner in the New Year.

At the same time, the panel selected the shortlisters for the following awards with the winner being announced on the night: The Partnership of the Year Award, The Clinician of the Year Award, The Discovery Award, The Researcher Engagement Award and The Professional Excellence Award.