The Herald’s Award 2018

Congratulations to the British Red Cross recipients of the Company of Public Relations Practitioners’ annual Herald’s Award, an award celebrating excellence in communications for charitable endeavours.

Katherine Sykes (left), Master of the Company of Public Relations Practitioners, presented the award to Head of News Hannah Wilkinson and the then Director of Media Polly Curtis (now editor of The Huffington Post) at the Winter Dinner on 27 February 2018 with guest of honour the Rt Hon. the Lord Hill of Oareford CBE (right), a former PR consultant, government Minister and EU Commissioner.

The Herald’s Award recognises and celebrates the charitable endeavours of those who work in the communications industry.

The Media Team of the British Red Cross received the award for the communications work they provided in support of the charity’s response to the terrorist attacks in 2017 and the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Led by Hannah and Polly the British Red Cross media team was deemed to have gone beyond what is expected of communications professionals in any sector: keeping the public informed through the media and engaging with communities through social media during a particularly intense period that involved the team working around the clock seven days a week for a period of three months.

Master, Katherine Sykes, said “Our members know how effective communication can make a real difference to charitable endeavours and that’s why we are delighted to be recognising excellence through these awards. The Herald’s Award is a special award for those communications professionals who don’t put themselves forward for recognition, yet should be celebrated for their achievements. Nominated by our members, the British Red Cross’s Media Team are deserved winners for their commitment and resilience in responding to the tragic events of 2017 and for helping people in severe crisis.”

Herald Award 2018