SCLT National Finalists at Charity Film Awards 2018
Friday11th May 2018 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones and charity trustee Rachael Hart attending the gala ceremony of the 2018 Charity Film Awards, which were held in the glamourous surroundings of Westminster Hall in the very heart of Central London. The SCLT Charity were delighted to be attending the black-tie event, following the shortlisting of the short video 'Ash's Story' as one of the charity videos of the year.
The event was a celebration of charity films from accross the wide spectrum of the charity community, from tiny groups, such as the SCLT, to charitable organisations with multi-million pound budgets, who had all submitted videos, which outline their activities or bring awareness to their specific themes of work.
Ash's Story tells the tale of the motivation and passion to volunteer for the charity of Ashley Jones, one of the founder volunteers with the SCLT in 2009. In the short film, Ash explains how an encounter with the tragic, elderly victim of a cruel deception in his early professional years, led him to a life of safeguarding volunteering, to help provide protective services for the vulnerable, senior community.
Ash commented, “I have to admit, I entered my short film into these awards with absolutely no thoughts whatsoever that it may elicit any interest from the judges. In fact, I filmed the video on an iPad in my home, entirely on my own and having to press the button and rush back to my seat to record my message. It was recorded to use within the safety presentation's that we give to older adult groups and I must admit, it is extremely amateur in comparison to the big charities, who have entries in these awards.
However, I was amazed and delighted to find that we had been choosen as national finalists and that our film has consequently been showcased through the Charity Film Awards to many other organsiations and, hopefully, people we may be able to help. I have very much enjoyed our journey to the Charity Film Awards and am sincerely grateful for the accolade given to our small charity ”