November 18, 2013.
HEART OF GOLD AWARD GOES TO JOHN AND CLAIRE CAUDWELL.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist John Caudwell spends most of his time and effort, and money, helping change lives, but last Friday he was the recipient: recognition from key figures in the music industry for his efforts to support charities and good causes.
John was presented with the Heart of Gold Award at the Global Angel Awards dinner at the Roundhouse in Camden on Friday, November 15, 2013, and he was joined on stage to receive it by his partner Claire Caudwell, who, John says, really does have a heart of gold and is very passionate about helping others, especially the charity John founded, Caudwell Children.
"The awards honour inspirational organisations and individuals who are game changers in transforming our world," said founder and CEO of the Global Angels Foundation, Molly Bedingfield, mother of pop icons Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield.
"The Heart of Gold Award is presented to an individual or couple who use their influence and generosity to significantly empower and support philanthropic endeavours. These are people who embody the spirit of giving."
John Caudwell said: "Philanthropic work in helping orders gives me the most amazing sense of satisfaction and pleasure and that is the reward in itself. In fact the reward is so great, that many years ago I pledged to give at least 50% of my wealth away during and after my lifetime. Whilst I do not need awards and accolades, I do feel very honoured, alongside my gorgeous Claire, to be receiving the Heart of Gold award.
"Global Angels is a fantastic organisation, and we need to ensure it continues its great work - a crucial element of which is that 100% of money raised goes directly to the causes it supports."
John Caudwell sold his mobile telecoms business, which included high street retailer Phones 4u, for £1.5 billion in 2006, and has since concentrated his efforts on philanthropic work supporting charities and good causes. He is the founder of Caudwell Children, which concentrates on providing treatment for desperately ill children, and support for them and their families.
John has pledged to give away at least half his wealth to charities and good causes during his lifetime and after his death.