Highly Commended at BBC Superstar Awards

Published: 4th October 2022

Play2Give Highly Commended in BBC Oxford Make A Difference Awards

​What a brilliant occasion it was at last night’s (30/9) first ever BBC Oxford Make A Difference Awards.

Andy attended with our Secretary Leanne and Trustee Mocky, all representing our team.

Play2Give was just proud and privileged to attend as one of four nominees in contention for the Fundraiser award category, and to even be considered amongst the best of fundraisers and the best of people and groups in Oxfordshire was an honour in itself.

Even more special for us having been nominated this year as it is our fifteenth year as a charity changing, transforming and saving lives across Oxfordshire and Andy’s twentieth year of fundraising for Oxford Children’s Hospital.

In our fifteen years alongside Chox, we have also helped and supported causes Headway Oxfordshire, SSNAP, Sobell House, Footsteps Foundation, Thomley, Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire and the list goes on. Over 40 in total and also countless individuals less fortunate including helping to fundraise towards specialised trikes for children with disabilities.

With many familiar faces present and the BBC Oxford presenters in their best bib and tucker, the awards night was held at the Kassam Stadium.

The Fundraiser Award the overall winner was chosen by celebrity judge, Karl Robinson manager of Oxford United, who said choosing the winner from all four finalists was incredibly tough and one of the hardest decisions he’s had to make in his career. We are delighted to share the news that Paul and Siobhan Masters from Thame won, for their fundraising raising over £23,500 for Oxford Hospitals Charity, SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents) and Helen and Douglas House in memory of their twin baby boys raising thousands for all three charities.

Team Mikayla and pianist Anita D’Attellis was also our fellow finalists and they were also very deserving of the recognition alongside us for their fantastic fundraising.

It was a truly inspiring night full of superstars all doing brilliant things for their communities, and to be included in the BBC Make A Difference Awards and in our milestone year was very special.

Well done to all the winners and all nominees and thank you to BBC Radio Oxford for a great night.

And, above all a huge thank you to our incredible team of volunteers, supporters, sponsors and the community who get behind us and help us do what we do as a charity in changing, transforming and saving lives, and allowing us to make a difference for so many individuals and charities we help.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our incredible journey over the past fifteen years, and here’s to many more fantastic years for us ahead, as our charity can only but continue to go from strength to strength.

All of our team, supporters and sponsors are winners, and we genuinely love making a difference with a big impact touching the lives of so many that we help.