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July 7 bombing fund scoops award
Tavistock Square bomb scene
The charity handed out 7m in eight months
The London Bombing Relief Charitable Fund (LBRCF) set up in the wake of the July bombs has won a national award.

The charity distributed 7m in donations to victims' families and survivors in the first eight months after the four suicide bombings.

The award for effectiveness was presented by Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes and bomb survivor Gill Hicks at the Charity Awards 2006.

The ceremony, now in its seventh year, was attended by about 1,000 guests.

Awards organiser Daniel Phelan said it proved what the voluntary sector can achieve when it swings into action after a disaster.

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Speaking Up: Disability
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Music as Therapy: International Aid and Development
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Mind: Social care, welfare and religion

"Speed of response, efficient management and effective action resulted in a great deal of support being made available very quickly to a lot of people in great distress," he added.

Among the awards winners was Hibiscus, which advocates the rights of foreign nationals in UK prisons.

Mr Phelan said: "The work done by Hibiscus is proof of the effectiveness of a well managed charity - particularly in areas where public services are scarce or non-existent.

"The Charity Awards are a great illustration of the amazing work done by UK charities."

Among the celebrities to attend, were Dame Diana Rigg, Lord Hattersley and Baroness P D James.

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