Entertainer and keynote speaker, Lenny Henry has been awarded the prestigious lifetime achievement award at the Observer Ethical Awards ceremony.
Lenny was recognised for his 25 years as the co-founder and co-host of Red Nose Day, which has so far raised more than £900million as part of Comic Relief. When he received the award, Lenny stated "This is not just about me, it's about everybody involved in Comic Relief, the British public and especially Richard Curtis, whose idea it was in the first place,".
Previous winners of the award include Sir David Attenborough, scientist James Lovelock and primatologist Jane Goodall. This year the Observer Ethical Awards received a record number of votes from the public.
Other winners included Malala Yousafzai who won the international campaigner of the year award and Joanna Lumley was presented with the national campaigner of the year award. When asked about her award, Joanna said "To have been voted by Observer readers for this award, I've now become unbearably big-headed. I'm so proud, so touched, and grateful."
Lucy Siegle is the founder and chair of the judging panel and spoke passionately about the awards and their winners, she stated that "This year's winners were all outstanding: proven change-makers, squaring up to the environmental and social justice battles we all face and coming up with real solutions,"
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