THE MESSAGE TRUST has been awarded second place in The Sunday Times’ annual Best Companies survey, in the Not-For-Profits category. The award was presented by TV personality Ben Shepherd at a gala dinner at Battersea Evolution in London on Wednesday evening.
CEO and founder Andy Hawthorne, who collected the award along with his wife Michele, said, ‘I’m so proud of The Message being honoured in this way. I’ve always liked to think of us as being a bunch of mates on a mission, and coming second shows that our staff feel the same way.’
Hawthorne also collected a special award for Best Leader, having scored a top ranking for his inspirational leadership.
Now in its 25th year, The Message Trust shares the Christian faith in schools, prisons and tough communities across the UK. Having started in Manchester, it now operates from UK hub locations in Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham and West London, and internationally in Cape Town, South Africa and Vancouver, Canada.
‘There’s never been a more exciting time for us as an organisation – we’re expanding faster than ever before,’ comments Hawthorne. ‘It’s incredible to think that we’ve literally gone from working out of a spare bedroom to the global movement we are today, reaching hundreds of thousands of people a year.’
The organisation also came first place for its strong values, seen as key to its operations.
The Message saw a third top score for whether staff see their jobs as good for personal growth. Employee Cyril Wilding visited the prison where he was once an inmate to share his story of hope. ‘I always tell people, “This is where it started for me – and this is where it can start for you,”’ he says.[spacer style=”1″]
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