Eureka shortlisted for prestigious charity award

View exterior of Eureka Children's Museum, Halifax
View exterior of Eureka Children's Museum, Halifax

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum has been shortlisted for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

The Halifax museum has been shortlisted in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category for its project Helping Hands: A roadmap for sustainable inclusivity.

The museum’s ambition is to use the experience of the project to influence and support other visitor attractions and cultural venues in making their museum, gallery, theatre or attraction more accessible.

As the UK’s first children’s museum, Eureka! is a leading centre for interactive learning offering a range of hands-on learning opportunities to help children develop their physical, emotional, intellectual, creative and social skills, by nurturing and igniting their natural curiosity in the world around them.

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having shown best practice from which other organisations can learn.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, June 9, at the Mermaid Theatre in London’s Blackfriars. The black-tie evening will be hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, senior figures from the charity and civil society sector, and a smattering of celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, chief executive of Eureka! The National Children’s Museum said” “We’re incredibly proud of our inclusive museum and the team here at Eureka! is dedicated to ensuring that all families can access a great day out. “We’re always learning from our visitors and working with local children to explore additional ways to make Eureka! an accessible day out for all families. It’s fantastic to hear that the work we are doing is appreciated and really benefits the families that visit Eureka.”

Tania Mason, editorial director at Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, said: “We had a record number of entries this year, and the standard was particularly high, so Eureka! should be very proud to have made the shortlist.

“For 16 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do, and the rigorous judging process ensures that only the very best-run charities make it through.

“We wish Eureka! the very best of luck on the night.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, partner of the Charity Awards, added: “CAF exists to support the amazing work of charities. Anyone looking to see some of the impressive ways in which charities make a difference would only need to take a look at the shortlisted nominees for this year’s Charity Awards.

“These are shining examples of charities at their very best, showing determined leadership and constantly innovating to support people in communities across the UK and beyond. It has been a difficult year for the charity sector and there are important lessons to take away from this. But it is no less vital that we continue to celebrate the success of charities which make such a difference to people’s lives in so many different ways.

“Recognising the achievements of charities, like those in this year’s shortlist, is a crucial part of how we continue to maintain and build a proud culture of caring for others and selfless generosity in Britain.”