The hospice won the award for their Soapbox Derby, where teams drove over a 500 metre bumpy downhill course at Clifton Park, Rotherham, racing in cars made from baths, bicycles, and wheelchair parts all built by hand.
3,500 people attended and over 50,000 watched the event online.
Run by the Institute of Fundraising, the National Fundraising Awards are the only one of their kind, giving awards to best practice in the voluntary sector and celebrating the achievements of fundraisers across the UK.
Commenting on their decision give them the award, the judges said it was:
“Highly innovative and creative. Bluebell Wood devised new ways of engaging a wide, diverse mix of potential supporters, using media, community fundraising, PR and digital platforms. All of this was achieved on a limited budget and it has the potential to be replicated year on year.”
Bluebell Wood’s Events Organiser Jo Berry, who devised the event with the help of volunteers, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that our Soapbox Derby has been recognised by the Institute of Fundraising. It is great to have brought such a respected accolade back to South Yorkshire and it is all thanks to the volunteers, supporters and fundraisers who helped make this event such a big success.”
“Fundraising events like these help us do even more for families across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and North Lincolnshire who are facing the toughest of times. We would love it if even more people join us at our next Soapbox Derby on 30 September and help make this year’s event even bigger.”