About the Awards


The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community.

The Awards were initially launched in the North East of England in 2014, were subsequently extended across the whole of the North of England in 2015 and in 2016 were expanded even further to include the Midlands. In 2018, in addition to those regions, we are bringing the Awards to Wales.

The Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth through a year-long programme. Our Award holders finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future.

We aim to select 20 winners this year and they will receive a fantastic package of benefits:

  • A fully funded year working with Pilotlight – an organisation that facilitates experienced and senior business leaders to mentor charities to help them develop and to face the future with confidence.
  • Revenue funding of £6,500 to support the charity to make the most of the Pilotlight experience and to cover travel expenses to meet with your business mentors in London.
  •  Access to the advice and support of the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight for any specific needs or issues your charity might have.


“What we needed was independent support from people who can look in from outside so they can see what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong.”

2015 Weston Charity Award winner.