The Awards, which are held biannually and supported by the Association of Jersey Charities and the Ana Leaf Foundation, recognise and celebrate excellence within the charitable sector, as well as honouring professionals and volunteers involved.

33 charities have applied this year, an increase on the number of people who applied last time.

Entrants have been categorised into Small, Medium and Large charity groups according to their relative size while taking account of total income and the number of employees and volunteers and their total hours worked.

The judging panel comprises Senator Paul Routier MBE, local businessman and consultant Kevin Keen, Arclight Solutions Ltd Senior Consultant Jane Galloway and Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities, Liz Le Poidevin.

They will be looking for examples of excellence, together with ideas and leadership to inspire and from which others can learn.

Winners, second and third placed charities will be chosen for each category and announced on Sunday 17 September at Government House where the 2017 Jersey Charity Awards ceremony is being held over afternoon tea.

To apply, charities completed an application form detailing an initiative or project they had undertaken within the last twelve months of which they feel particularly proud.

The winners of each category will be awarded 5,000 pounds, runners up 1,000 pounds and the charities who come third will all receive 500 pounds.

The Awards, which started in 2011, are open to any Jersey based charity; entrants dont have to be members of the Association of Jersey Charities but they must be registered with the Jersey Financial Services Commission as a non-profit organisation.

The 2015 Jersey Charity Award winners were Les Amis (Large charity), Jersey Foster Carers Association (Medium charity) and After Breast Cancer Care (Small charity).

Chairman of the Jersey Charities Awards committee, Lyn Wilton, wished all entrants the very best of luck: Thank you to everyone who has applied and good luck all! We are really looking forward to the Awards Ceremony and hearing more about the amazing work of so many island charities and the teams behind them.

On behalf of the organising committee, I would also like to say thank you to all the people, suppliers and organisations that help make the event happen with special thanks going to Sir Stephen and Lady Anne Dalton for allowing us to hold the event in the wonderful gardens of Government House.

Anyone requiring more information can contact Lyn Wilton on 840138 or by email to lyn@jerseycharities.org .