Each year, the Sheila Mckechnie Foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners.

This may be those working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations. Their interest is in finding those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously.

We were delighted that Heather Kennedy, the Fair Funerals Campaigns Manager was chosen as one of two runners up in the Economic Justice category of the 2017 awards. 

This award recognises a local group or person that has brought about lasting positive change relating to economic justice e.g. wage levels (such as the living wage), tackling exploitation and discrimination in the workplace, and improving workers’ rights and benefits.

Heather says:

"It's fantastic the campaign has been recognised at this prestigious awards, because it shows how much progress we've made forcing funeral poverty onto the agenda. When we began in 2014, the thousands of people struggling with the shame and distress of funeral poverty were completely ignored by government and the media. To all those people who thought funeral poverty was too “unsexy” campaign on, we’ve proved that by putting bereaved people at the heart of our work and relentlessly sticking to our practical demands, you can convince government and the funeral industry that things need to change.”

Judith Moran, Director of Quaker Social Action who run the campaign, says:

"From the outset, Heather has shaped this campaign and worked tirelessly and creatively to push on these issues. She has created alliances within the voluntary sector, throughout the funeral industry and across a wide political spectrum. She is articulate, positive and visionary. We are delighted that her contribution to economic and social justice has been honoured."

Find out more about the Fair Funerals campaign