We're incredibly excited to introduce you to the finalists of the JustGiving Awards 2022! Now it's over to you to decide who wins.

There are 24 finalists, but only 8 will be crowned winners. Check out each of their inspiring stories and be prepared to be completely blown away.

To cast your vote, click on the finalist you think should win in each category, and head down to the bottom of the page to submit your votes. Voting closes on Sunday 11th September 2022.

Creative Fundraiser of the Year

Michelle Luscombe

Most people would throw a party for their birthday, but Michelle had other ideas. She celebrated her 50th by taking on 50 fundraising challenges, from performing stand-up comedy, broadcasting a radio show live from a boat and learning some seriously cool dance routines to pop songs. All the while, smashing her original £5,000 target to support Alzheimer's Research UK.

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Craig and Aimee

YouTubers, Craig and Aimee's fundraising challenge is far from rubbish. In fact, it’s a World Record breaking attempt. They travelled from North to South Wales, in a wheelie bin (known as Bin Diesel). To date, they've raised a stinking £32,000 for Big Moose, the mental health charity.

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Hercule Van Wolfwinkle

Hercule has been called many things in life, an artist certainly isn’t one of them. But all of that changed one afternoon when he doodled a picture of his dog and stuck it on Facebook. £160,000 later, people as far as California and Belgium are asking him to draw self-confessed 'rubbish' pictures of their pets in return for donations.

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Young Fundraiser of the Year

Max Woosey

Collecting over £600,000 would be impressive for anyone – let alone a 12-year-old. When Max's neighbour, Rick, was being given end of life care, he made Max promise him that he’d live the rest of his life having an adventure. Since 29th March 2020, that's exactly what he's been doing. Camping outside in a tent, every night to show his gratitude to the hospice that cared for Rick.

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Elizabeth Soffe

After an air conditioning unit malfunctioned, Elizabeth (then 6 months old) was lucky to survive. In the 7 years since the fire, she's had over 70 operations. When she learned about the state-of-the-art laser machine that would help her and other children, this determined youngster set out to raise £130,000 to buy the machine herself. She ran a marathon over the course of July to encourage donations.

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Rhys Porter

When football lover, Rhys (13) posted a video on social media of one of his goal saves at a football match, he was subject to thousands of hateful comments about his disability. Living with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy hasn’t been easy, but as it turns out, his goal-reaching is as good as his goal-saving, with over £20,000 now raised as part of his family fundraising challenge for disability charity, Scope.

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Fundraising Team of the Year

3 Dads Walking

Suicide is the biggest killer of those under 35 in the UK. Unfortunately, Tim, Mike and Andy know this only too well. Their worlds were turned upside down when their daughters took their own lives. Together, these Dads took on a 300-mile walk raising vital awareness for suicide prevention and over £880,000 for Papyrus.

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Spennylympics

49 sports, 80 events, 17 days, 2 legends. Stuart and Charlotte completed all events featured in the Tokyo Olympics Games to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of Stuart's brother, Spencer. They might not have won a gold medal, but their reward was the donations that came rolling in - a staggering £155,000.

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Martin’s Mountain

On 22 May 2017, Martin's life changed forever. He survived the Manchester Arena bombing which tragically took the lives of 22 people, but he was left paralysed below the waist. In June this year, using a specially adapted wheelchair, he reached the summit of Kilimanjaro with the support of an incredible team, including some of the people who saved his life. Not to mention, raising over £500,000 for Spinal Injuries Association.

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Celebrity Fundraiser of the Year

Ryan Thomas

We're used to seeing Corrie star, Ryan Thomas, on our TV screens, not walking 10 marathons (in 10 days) from London to Manchester. He raised over £162,000 for the mental health and suicide prevention charity, CALM, which helped fund over 20,000 helpline calls and inspired many people to come forward and ask for help.

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Samantha Faiers and Luisa Zissman

TV personalities and close friends, Luisa and Sam know how special it is to be a mother. So it’s no surprise that when they heard about the vulnerable babies, children and teens at the Outreach Moldova orphanage, they booked a flight and kicked off a fundraising mission to raise as much as they could to help them. Together, they raised over £160,000 to help with much-needed medical care and refurbishments.

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Kevin Sinfield

Former England and Leeds Rhinos rugby league captain, Kevin Sinfield has proved he'll always go the extra mile for his friend and former rugby teammate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019. Kevin raised £2.7 million through his first fundraising challenge by running 7 marathons in 7 days but he didn’t stop there. His next challenge saw him run 101 miles in 24 hours.

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Endurance Fundraiser of the Year

Josh Quigley

Josh is no stranger to breaking records. Just 3 months after being diagnosed with arthritis and being hospitalised after a 40mph crash, he broke the Guinness World Record for the longest distance cycled in a week. That’s a whopping 2,179 miles (an average of 311 miles a day), and over £10,000 raised for Arthritis Action.

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Nick Gardner

Nick would do anything to make his wife, Janet, better. But until there is a cure for dementia, he decided to raise as much money as possible to make sure others never have to face such a cruel disease alone. The 82-year-old mountain lover decided he’d climb all 282 Scottish Munros in 1200 days. Despite his ‘grand old age’, he’s confident he’s got the mountaineering skills, experience, and fitness to succeed!

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Paula Craig

Police officer, Paula’s life changed in an instant when she was hit by a car whilst riding her bike. She suffered a spinal cord injury, leaving her paralysed from the waist down. After setting her sights on becoming the first paraplegic person to swim the English Channel, without a wetsuit, and as part of a relay team, she raised over £33,000 to thank the charity who’ve supported her over the last 20 years.

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Change Maker of the Year

Zoe Cooke

Last year, 235 people were killed as a result of knife crime in England and Wales. One of whom was Zoe’s son, Byron. After his death, she used her pain to spread one important message - lives not knives. Thanks to her dedication, 'bleed kits' are now available around Nottingham city centre to help save the lives of future victims of knife crime.

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Hayley Kirby-Bulner

It’s well-known that dogs bring people a lifetime of happiness. So it’s no wonder Hayley decided to raise over £34,000 to give children with autism a helping paw. The money she raised will help fund dogs for families with a child needing support as well as all the love a dog can give.

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Leanne Pero

Cancer affects around 367,000 people in the UK each year, but BAME women with cancer are continually underrepresented in the media and undermined in their treatment. After receiving a life-changing cancer diagnosis of her own at the age of 30, Leanne used her experiences to create a community for BAME cancer patients and survivors, running monthly peer-to-peer support groups to help tackle the inequalities they face.

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Outstanding Commitment

Aimee Wood

Aimee's daughter Olivia was 5 years old when she died unexpectedly following a routine operation in hospital. Although bereavement support was available for her family, Olivia's classmates and teachers had nowhere to go for help. That's why Aimee is making it her mission to introduce better support in schools through her charity, 'Olivia's Smile'. Thanks to her, school communities will learn how to deal with grief after experiencing a loss.

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Manjinder Kang

It’s people like Manjinder that put the ‘super’ in ‘super-fundraiser’. The life-long Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter has shown unmatched dedication to supporting the work of Dementia UK raising over £100,000. Running and cycling for hundreds of miles, organising sleepouts, raffling signed football shirts and selling thousands of samosas as part of his infamous ‘Samosa Saturdays’.

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John Burkhill

Come rain or shine, 83-year-old John (affectionately known as 'The Man with the Pram') can be found almost every day on the streets of Sheffield, wearing his signature green wig, pushing the pram bought when his daughter was born in 1961. Since losing his wife to cancer and his daughter during a routine operation, he’s set his sights on reaching the magic £1million mark for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Charity of the Year

Cure Cancer

Aussie’s sure do love a barbie. So, what better way to raise money for lifesaving cancer research than hosting a BarbeCURE? Cure Cancer’s campaign encouraged people to show which side of the grill they’re on - Team Meat or Team Veg. All the while, cooking up over $135,400 to help find a cure for cancer.

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The Brain Tumour Charity

Every day in the UK, 33 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour. The Brain Tumour Charity’s Virtual Twilight Walk invited people to walk their way to help the 88,000 children and adults estimated to be living with a brain tumour and work towards finding a cure. Together, their supporters raised a sparkling £288,000.

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Rape Crisis England & Wales

Following the deaths of Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, Rape Crisis launched their first ever virtual challenge - Step Out in Solidarity. The ask was simple – walk, run, swim, roll or move every day for 30 days. The campaign raised over £13,000 to end sexual violence and abuse.

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