Stella Griffin, stalwart Area Retail Manager of SCT’s charity shops, has won the Lifetime Achievement award for Social Change.

“Wow! I’ve won an award for doing a job I really love. It’s really nice to know that so many people feel I deserve this award. Thank you all for voting for me.” Stella Griffin, Area Retail Manager of SCT charity shops.

Having started as a cleaner of the crypt at Christ Church Spitalfields in the early nineties, Stella has worked hard to build the charity’s chain of 7 shops across East London, raising funds to tackle homelessness and addiction in the area.

“Nobody has worked harder for this organisation than Stella.  She is utterly dedicated and tireless.”

Graham Marshall, CEO of SCT

Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change who host the Social Change Awards said “Stella, and the people who support and work with her, are ‘spirit-igniters’; acting to light a spark in others.

“At the moment money is tight for charities, there are more people needing help, Local Authorities are cutting funding, and on top of that there’s loads of negative narrative from politicians and the media” she argued. “In the face of this Stella and all the charities celebrated tonight, offer creativity, perseverance, caring and innovation that is amazing.”

Stella received a unique piece of art by cartoonist Grizelda, depicting her work with the Trust.

With thanks to the Directory of Social Change