British actor/comedian Lenny Henry has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award.

Henry was feted for co-founding Britain's Comic Relief charity, which he launched in 1985 with comedy writer Richard Curtis, at the Observer Ethical Awards in London on Thursday (13Jun13).

Accepting his prize, Henry told the audience, "This is not just about me, it's about everybody involved in Comic Relief, the British public and especially Richard Curtis, whose idea it was in the first place. Comic Relief is about trying to help people realise their potential, and is committed to helping deliver lasting change."

The King's Speech star Colin Firth and British supermodel/actress Lily Cole were among the judges who helped pick the winners of the annual prizegiving, which celebrates campaigners fighting for the environment and social justice.

Other honourees included Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, who was named campaigner of the year for her work with the Gurkha Justice Campaign, which aims to help Nepalese soldiers who fought in the British Army.