BBC sports presenter Clare Balding, has been honoured as the winner of this year’s Celebrity Charity Champion Award.

Balding, who is in a civil partnership with the broadcaster Alice Arnold, is one of Britain’s best known lesbian television presenters.

The broadcaster and journalist supports several charities, and has done so even since presenting the Olympics and Paralympics last year.

SHe supports the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, and Stonewall.

During Comic Relief, Ms Balding became the voice of the speaking clock, in order to raise money for the cause.

In April, she launched the Tea for Helen campaign to raise money for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, which was founded in 1999 in memory of Balding’s fellow sports presenter and close friend Helen Rollason.

Later that month, she also encouraged gay sports stars to come out when she spoke at Stonewall’s annual equality dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

A spokesman for Stonewall describes her as a “fantastic role model for millions of lesbian, gay and bisexual people across the UK”.

Last month, the broadcaster and journalist Clare Balding was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, just a few weeks after she collected a special BAFTA award to recognise her on-screen contributions to the Olympic and Paralympic games.