Malton charity delighted to win national award

Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive of the Encephalitis Society, holds the Charity of the Year trophy with, left, charity Ambassador Rebecca Adlington.
Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive of the Encephalitis Society, holds the Charity of the Year trophy with, left, charity Ambassador Rebecca Adlington.

A Malton charity which helps people who have been affected by a devastating brain condition has won a prestigious national award for its life-saving work.

The Encephalitis Society was crowned Charity of the Year with an income of less than £1m in the Charity Times Awards at a ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel, London, last Wednesday night.

The team, led by Chief Executive Dr Ava Easton, were joined at the ceremony by charity ambassador Rebecca Adlington OBE, the two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer who was recently seen on BBC One’s Celebrity Masterchef.

Dr Easton said: “We are thrilled to have taken home this wonderful award from the Charity Times Awards which are truly the Oscars of the charity world.

“Encephalitis is a devastating but little known condition that can ruin lives and destroy families. We are proud to be the global encephalitis experts and this recognition by the Charity Times means the world to our passionate team who go the extra mile to help people affected every day.”

The awards are run by Charity Times Magazine, the leading title for UK non-profit professionals.