The best charities and social enterprises in the North East will be recognised later this year with the return of the popular awards night launched by The Journal.
The North East Charity Awards 2016 are organised by The Journal, The Gazette, with associate sponsors Brewin Dolphin and support sponsor Leathers LLP to celebrate the achievements of the region’s charity, voluntary and social enterprise sectors in the region.
The awards are returning after a hugely successful inaugural event held last year which saw the Children’s Heart Unit Fund crowned the North East Charity of the Year.
A total of 11 awards will this year be presented to recognise the hard work and innovative thinking of local charities and individual fundraisers and includes an award for Outstanding Social Enterprise.
Won by Special iApps last year, this award will celebrate the excellent work of a local social enterprise or the trading arm of a charity that make significant differences to beneficiaries through their ability to generate income to meet their social goals. The deadline for nominations is 18th August.
Jeffrey Ball, judge and assistant director of Brewin Dolphin’s North East charities team, said: “Last year’s event was an incredibly proud moment and easily the highlight of the year for the North East’s charity sector. To be involved with something that saw so many people and good causes from the region recognised was very special.
“The success of the night was far beyond our wildest dreams when we started putting together the awards last year and this year will hopefully be even bigger and better.
“We want to showcase the fantastic good causes and people we have in the North East. They do not get enough attention for the work it does and through the awards we can show people both locally and nationally the fantastic quality we have here.
“As well as recognising and rewarding the efforts organisations and individuals make, for charities in particular, to be nominated for a North East Charity Award is a badge of honour that can be used to promote themselves both to potential supporters in the region and also when they are applying for funding nationally.”
Support sponsorship comes from Newcastle-based accountancy practice Leathers LLP, which last year raised just under £40,000 through its 2,200 mile Tour de Force cycling challenge.
Managing partner Michael Leather said: “We were thrilled to be involved in the inaugural North East Charity Awards and we are delighted to be involved again in 2016. Witnessing first-hand how our cycling efforts benefited local charities was incredibly humbling and it is only right that we celebrate and sing the praises of those unsung heroes within our communities.
“Leathers LLP is proud to be a long-standing advisor to a large number of charities and we are determined to ensure that the North East Charity Awards builds on last year’s success, raising awareness for all those selfless charities and fundraisers throughout our region.”