“Attending awards ceremony for people who combat problem of hate crime but also wider racial inequalities in our society was very important for me. We needed this wide ranging alliance of organisations and people, including the police, elected members of parliament, migrant, race equality and refugee organisations. We needed it to be able to raise awareness of hate crimes and send a clear message that we work together to facilitate harmony, understanding, mutual respect, dialogue, common values of different cultures and religions. I was deeply impressed and humbled by personal courage, integrity and resourcefulness displayed by people who won the awards. The modesty displayed by winners who stand for humanity and our shared values was so inspiring and uplifting, it felt right, just and good to be part of it.”
Nada (Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster Mind)
“The #No2H8 awards celebrate all that is good about our society: people from all different backgrounds coming together to honour the good work of others and hear their amazing stories. It’s so important to have civil servants, Police officers and policy makers learning first-hand about the ways in which people are trying to make a difference in combating hate and supporting communities.”
Dave Rich (CST)
“Sylvia and Kate were proud to represent The Sophie Lancaster Foundation as nominees of two awards at the 2017 No2H8 Awards.
We were overwhelmed with the response as we were announced winners of “The Upstanding Organisation Award” by TV and Radio presenter Adrian Chiles.
The prestigious prize was “awarded to an organisation, which has made a significant impact on countering intolerance, hate and bigotry”.
The standing ovation and applause in the packed room was a wonderful, emotional tribute to Sylvia’s promised legacy for Sophie through our work
“To receive this accolade in the 10th anniversary of Sophie’s death, from people who dedicate their professional lives to challenging hate, is validation of all the hard work we have been doing since 2007,” said Sylvia.
Sylvia was also runner up for the Jo Cox Memorial Award – a huge mark of respect in itself.”
Kate Conboy (Sophie Lancaster Foundation)
“It’s heart-warming to be amongst so many like-minded people striving to tackle hate crime around the country. It makes me proud to be part of the Love Not Hate community, as we celebrate successes, and reward hard work across the anti-hate crime movement.”
Mark Healey (17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week)
“After Brexit Hate Crime figures from organisations such as TELLMAMA, CST, galop and Stop Hate UK were the clearest indication that there were serious problems emerging in communities. Many tried to silence our voices and attack us. The awards were an affirmation of our strength when we come together and an important reminder to those at the sharp end that the work is of critical importance.”
Mike Ainsworth (Stop Hate UK)
“Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening at the No2h8crimeawards. It was a pleasure to connect with colleagues engaged in tackling hate crime and reflect on some of the excellent work that had taken place over the past year from both established third sector organisations and newcomers, including those not engaged in the sector previously. I look forward to attending future awards and seeing the awards become a focal point for this important work in the UK.”
Dominic Arnall (Stonewall)
“We were bowled over to receive the Jo Cox Award at the 2017 #No2H8 Crime Awards.
To have Stop Funding Hate’s work recognised in this way by some of the UK’s leading hate crime experts was a breakthrough moment for the campaign.
Jo Cox died defending the values that bind our society together. Just to be nominated for an award in her name was an immense honour – and a major validation of Stop Funding Hate’s work. But to actually win was a hugely significant endorsement, especially for such a new organisation tackling such a challenging and contentious issue.
Stop Funding Hate is proud to support and champion the 2018 #No2H8 Crime Awards.
The #No2H8 Crime Awards plays a vitally important role in our national life, uniting and building a broad-based coalition to support each other’s work in a common effort to overcome hatred and prejudice. At a time when some of our most cherished democratic values are under attack, this work is more important than ever.”
Richard Wilson (Stop Funding Hate)
“We were really proud to be #No2h8 Crime Awards 2017. The awards are based on a vision for a society where everyone is included. On the night we heard from and celebrated people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs who are working to create this society, which made it a very powerful and inspiring event. We look forward to it continuing and growing in scope.”
Nicola Murray (Anti-Bullying Alliance)
“It was an interesting night, and very moving when the first awardee went up to receive his award.”
Emma Nuttall (Friends, Families and Travellers)
“#No2H8 Crime awards ceremony was a celebration of all of those who devote their time to challenge hate crime and intolerance, and promote diversity in Great Britain. It was great to see smiles on winners’ faces when they collected the awards, and it felt amazing to be in one room with so many individuals who work very hard to make this country a safe and welcoming place for all.”
Kasia Zagrodniczek (East European Resource Centre)