- bpas wins Charity of the Year (income over £10m category) at the Charity Times Awards
- bpas praised for its advocacy, and its work to maintain the quality of services in the face of sudden increased demand
Last night, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service received the award for Charity of the Year at the "charity Oscars". At a London ceremony hosted by the Charity Times, bpas, which provides abortion services on behalf of the NHS from 65 clinics throughout the country, was commended for its advocacy and campaigning, and its work to take on additional clients and maintain the quality of services, when demand suddenly increased due to problems experienced by another large provider.
In the past year, bpas has led successful campaigns securing a 50% reduction in the price of emergency contraception and government-funded abortion care for women who travel from Northern Ireland.
Chief Executive, Ann Furedi, said:
“This is fabulous recognition of the work done by a marvellous team of staff, who do everything in their power to help women with problem pregnancies. But most importantly, it marks that abortion is no longer seen as something shameful, to apologise for. The provision of good abortion care is honourable, just as the provision of good maternity care is honourable. And bpas is proud to provide it. We trust women to make decisions about their lives and they can trust us to provide their care and to fight for legal and policy changes to improve it.”
Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.