Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mars UK and Procter & Gamble were among the big winners at the Caravan Achievement Awards.

They were among eight companies that picked up Gold awards at the ceremony, which provides public recognition to businesses that support the charity. Judges hailed 2008 as a successful year, with membership numbers and fundraising activities growing.

"I know a huge amount of work and a lot of time has been spent on support for Caravan," said Gillian Barker, Caravan director general. "I would like to extend my personal thanks to those involved."