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FIGHTING FOR TEESSIDE TOGETHER 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ISSUE SUMMER 2021 1 0TH ANNIVER S ARY S PECIA L ISSU E

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CHAIRMAN’S FOREWORD

Our thanks to ALL of our Patrons, not just the 40 or so who currently support us or even those who’ve backed us for many years but to every one of them. No matter how long or short their time as a Patron was, your generosity made a real difference to the lives of Teessiders.

JUST LOOK HOW WE’VE GROWN

Here’s a list of all our patrons over the years:

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From little acorns grow big trees. And, just as the Philanthropic Foundation began with the germ of an idea just over 10 years ago so it has grown into a powerful force for good on Teesside, says Chair of Trustees Lee Bramley..

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Chair of Trustees Lee Bramley (right) with our charity's founder Andy Preston.

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his unique charity now plays a key role in supporting dozens of local charities, community groups and individuals – in turn making Teesside a better place to live, work and do business.

And it is unique. There are hundreds of wonderful charities and many excellent local causes too. But none of them is quite like the Philanthropic Foundation – with a commitment to supporting a wide crosssection of purely local worthy causes, with every penny raised staying right here on Teesside. Through the support of many people and businesses over the past ten years, we’ve been able to support literally hundreds of local good causes, helping people to change their lives for the better. We’ve supported people who are vulnerable, homeless or struggling with addiction and we’ve supported all those big-hearted volunteers who give up huge parts of their time to help them. But, perhaps most of all, we’ve spent the last 10 years showing that Teessiders are a breed apart – the sort of hard-working, decent people who believe in looking after

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their own. No matter our own levels of success or otherwise, we’re all Teessiders. And Teessiders help each other when help is needed. However you’ve contributed or supported us over the last 10 years, I, and my fellow Trustees, sincerely thank you. You have made a difference. You do make a difference. Together, we will continue to make a difference.

Here’s to another 10 years of Fighting For Teesside Together. Lee Bramley Chair of Trustees

Acklam Hall Active Chartered Financial Services Anderson Barrowcliff Archers Law Art AV Ltd AV Dawson Azets (formerly Baldwins & Evolution) Barclays Middlesbrough Alisdair & Jen Beveridge BHP Law Mark Bolland Alistair Bibby The Build Directory Bulkhaul Boho One Carter Steel Castlegate Shopping Centre Caswells Group Causeway Charles Clinkard CJ Leonard & Sons Cleveland Cable Company Connolly Family Cool Blue Brand Communications CPD Bodies Crystal Galleries Davies Tracey & Co Devereux Developments Steve Dobson Ecco Finishing Supplies Endeavour Partnership Erimus Insurance Brokers First Choice Labels Forman Vehicle Services Heather and Terry Forman Glanbia Nutritionals The Hambleton Group Henderson Insurance Brokers Hunters InBond

JSC Jury’s Inn, Middlesbrough The Keys K Home International Lateral Advertising Macks Solicitors Mandale Group McCullagh Family Rob McLaughlin Middlesbrough Football Club Middlesbrough College Ali Miremadi Steve Nichols Nicholson Group Nortech NSMP Onyx Barney Ord Ian Parker PASS PD Ports Port of Middlesbrough Andy Preston PX Group Python Properties Racz Group Ramsdens RMB Automotive SABIC Sapere Software Simon Scotchbrook Bill Scott Sizer Family Smith Family Square One Law Ian and Adrienne Stark Stephenson Family Stockton Machine Company Tees Components Ian Tracey UKISUG Unasys Viral Effect Visualsoft Vitality Wadsworth Family Alastair Waite Nigel Williams

Editor: Dave Allan Assistant Editor: Julie Burniston Photography: Doug Moody, Chris Booth, Tom Banks, Stu Boulton. Print: Quoin, Middlesbrough www.teessidecharity.org.uk Teesside Charity info@teessidecharity.org.uk


Founders Andy Preston and Tanya Garland reminisce about the early days of our great charity… Tanya Garland and Andy Preston (right) with the Foundation's greatest support, Alastair Powell of Cleveland Cable Company.

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ride. That’s what Foundation founder Andy Preston feels when he allows himself a few seconds to think about the journey our charity has been on.

“Everyone involved in the charity, now or in the past, should feel really proud,” says Andy, who launched the Foundation in 2011 after discussing the idea with PR guru Tanya Garland and some local business contacts. “It’s a pretty unique charity as it’s focused on getting money from Teessiders who are doing well and redistributing it locally to those who need it most. Everything we do is within about 15 miles of the centre of Middlesbrough. “The fact that so many people have been a part of the journey to raising more than £4 million over the years is a testament to Teesside pride and passion.” Thinking back to how it all began, Andy recalls how a couple of years after moving back to the North-East and setting up businesses in his hometown, it struck him that he was in an enviable position to do something to help struggling locals. “I’d been part of a charity in London based on the patron model whereby everyone involved was prospering but would give a set amount each year to do incredible things,” he recalls.

“EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE CHARITY, NOW OR IN THE PAST, SHOULD FEEL REALLY PROUD” “What I saw was that people got a lot out of it – once they started giving, they realised how enriching it was and how good it felt. “We were heading into hard times on the back of the recession, council funding was being cut but some people were still doing well. Tanya and I shared ideas, sounded out a few people and it all began from there.” Tanya, whose PR and branding firm Cool Blue Brand Communications was thriving, agrees: “2011 was a time of deep austerity and there was a clear need for extra help beyond what the government was providing for some. “Andy had a vision of bringing together businesses across Teesside to help change the outcomes for the neediest people in our community. It was a compelling idea that we both got fully behind to turn into a reality. “It felt so good to get involved in trying to make a positive impact, but I have to admit

it was slow going in the early days. “A lot of people thought we were on a hiding to nothing, but it was fun convincing them otherwise! Andy was relentless in mustering interest with business leaders, while myself and my team sorted out the communications, website and media relations as well as ideas and planning for events and stunts. “Things gathered momentum as some of the big businesses in the region signed-up, but it was all very homespun and hopeful in the beginning.” It’s a fantastic tribute to Teesside spirit and generosity that the Foundation has grown into the charitable powerhouse it is today but Tanya says it’s no time for resting on laurels. “It would be great if the Foundation could use this tenth anniversary to set and achieve even more ambitious new goals,” she smiles. Now there’s a gauntlet to pick up and run with… 1 0TH ANNIVER S ARY S PECIA L ISSU E

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BIGGEST DONATIONS

We look back on the impact made via some of our biggest financial projects of our first 10 years…

Former Boro star Colin Cooper (centre) holds the key to our second caravan, flanked by Foundation Patron Ken Devereux (left) and Finlay Cooper Fund trustee Graham Fordy.

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ne of the proudest achievements of the past 10 years is leaving struggling families shedding emotional tears of joy and gratitude.

Our greatest ongoing charitable project of our first 10 years has undoubtedly been our caravans providing short breaks to Teesside’s most disadvantaged families. Our three caravans at Reighton Sands, near Filey, have allowed us to give the families short breaks that would normally be beyond their financial reach. Most of the families never go on the sort 4

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of annual holiday most of us take for granted, while for many of the children the trip to the North Yorkshire coast involved the excitement of a first ever journey out of Teesside. In an emotionally-charged letter, one parent-of-four thanked us for making their first ever family holiday possible, adding: “We made loads of memories that will last a lifetime.” A representative of charity Kinship, told us: “We’ve had families crying tears of joy when we’ve told them they can go on a short holiday. These are the most disadvantaged families, who’ve never had a break for years. They can’t believe there’s a local charity that cares about

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them enough to do this. Things like this really do change lives.” Families are selected through the Foundation’s close working relationship with local schools, councils, social services, day nurseries and charities such as Barnardos, Kinship, Recovery Connections, Hartlepool Carers and Sandringham Autism Unit. We purchased our first eight-berth caravan in 2016. The investment, which totalled £46,000 when food, furnishings and transport costs were included, was the result of a £700,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor. In 2017, The Finlay Cooper Fund – led


WE MADE LOADS OF MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME.”

CHANGING LIVES FOR THE BETTER On a roll - Patron Jayne Stephenson with a Community Campus '87 apprentice.

The late Martin Verrill enjoyed a short break at our caravan with his grandsons - and starred in a fundraising video that left partygoers in tears at our Ball.

by former Boro star Colin Cooper, his wife Julie and trustees Graham Fordy, Nick Waites and our own chairman Lee Bramley - made a generous donation of £35,000 to help us purchase our second caravan. A number of big-hearted local firms and individuals directly donated towards the substantial ongoing running costs of the caravans. Let’s all put our hands together once again for our generous supporters Mandale Group, Devereux Transport, Erimus Insurance Brokers, AV Dawson, PX Group, Active Chartered Financial Planners, CJ Leonard & Sons, IWS Gaffney, Durata UK, Boro Walkers Association, Ian and Adrienne Stark, Graham and Kerry Sizer, Andy and Lizzie Preston. The charity named in memory of the son Colin and Julie lost shortly before his second birthday then signed off in some style by donating more than £50,000 to enable us to purchase a third holiday home specially adapted with ramps, hoists, wider doorways and lower units to make it suitable for disabled bodied people.

The Foundation’s biggest single donation remains a £137,000 grant to fund the apprenticeships of six young Teessiders who were helping to convert derelict properties into housing for the homeless. The Foundation’s big donation to social enterprise Community Campus ’87 fully funded five construction apprenticeships and one in housing administration. A Stockton 24-year-old - one of six unemployed young people given apprenticeships – later revealed how the charity-funded apprenticeship had transformed his life after years of homelessness, substance misuse and mental health problems. He revealed: “I was in a bad way and my confidence was low. I couldn’t go out so I had to build my confidence back up. “Community Campus did that for me, so they and the Philanthropic Foundation made a really massive difference to my life.”

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WE’VE HAD A BALL! This year’s 10th Anniversary Ball will – God willing and Covid allowing – return to Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee in October for what we plan to make the biggest and best yet. Originally held at Middlesbrough Town Hall, the Ball later switched to Wynyard and is now well established as the best on Teesside. Such was the demand for this year’s Ball that all 550 tickets sold out in just 12 hours instead of the usual three months.

2011 £41,500 raised

Artist Mackenzie Thorpe (centre) with, from left: Patrons and Trustees John McCullagh, Mark Bolland, Tanya Garland and Andy Preston.

Here we take a trip back in time to an annual event that has raised nearly £470,000 over the years – including £26,000 online when Covid restrictions denied our much-loved gettogethers last year.

2012 £50,000 raised

Karen Eve (right) formerly of Castlegate Shopping Centre with colleague Chantal Taylor (left) and Maxine Freer.

2014 £35,000 raised

Host Alastair Brownlee (right) chats on stage with Joe Hammill, lead singer of local band Cattle and Cane.

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2015

£38,000 raised Joanne Regan of Azets chats with Vicky Browning and Rosemary Young both formerly of Archers Law Firm.


2016 £44,000 raised

Karl and Becky Pemberton with Active founder Glyn Pemberton with his wife Janice.

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£77,000 raised Helen Brown, Sue Carey and Paul Good check out the seating arrangements, overlooked by Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson and his wife Lucia.

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£78,000 raised Nigel Willis and his guests from First Choice Labels (centre), the Ball’s Headline Sponsors two years running.

2019

£79,000 raised Andy Preston and PD Ports’ Kirsten Donkin wave their serviettes to a rousing rendition of Sweet Caroline.

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THE UNICORN CENTRE D O N AT I O N : £ 5 , 0 0 0 DAT E : A P R I L 2 0 1 6

The Unicorn Centre, a purpose-built Riding for the Disabled facility in Hemlington, brings joy to hundreds of Teesside children and adults with disabilities. When the Foundation heard that the centre was in desperate need of a new floor for its indoor arena, we were honoured to donate £5,000 towards the resurfacing. The joy that riding therapy gives is

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BLUE LIGHT BABIES

Launched by ambulance worker Jo Owen, Blue Light Babies, a Teesside-based crocheting and knitting group, became a powerful force for good by making blankets and hats for new-born babies and twiddle muffs for those with dementia. Initially set up to provide North-East ambulances with packs containing baby hats and blankets for babies born before they got to hospital, the group expanded its

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work to provide twiddle muffs for dementia patients, trauma teds for local police forces and clothes for babies in local neonatal units. At last count there were more than 5,000 people – including 1,500 on Teesside – crocheting, knitting and sewing for the charity. Jo (right) is pictured during a visit from Patron Jayne Stephenson.

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The sporty students at Kirkleatham Hall School were the biggest winners on a day of celebration at the Foundation’s second £20,000 Sporting Golden Giveaway. The school, near Redcar, topped a public poll ahead of 14 other local sports clubs and projects to win a £5,000 cash windfall.

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Susan Theobald (right) of our Patrons Barclays Middlesbrough and trustee Emily Bentley are pictured with centre manager (left) Claire Pitt on a visit to meet the Unicorn Centre’s staff, regulars and horses!

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humbling to see and not only helps with confidence, self-esteem, coordination and balance, but offers excitement and empowerment for those who spend much of their lives in wheelchairs.

Sport and PE is a “massive part” of education for the school’s students, aged two to 19, who have a range of conditions including autism, Downs Syndrome and learning difficulties. Our donation enabled them to purchase an indoor curling set. Pictured joining the fun on a visit to Kirkleatham Hall School is Harriet Spalding of Patrons Mandale Group.


We have donated £280,000 to 278 groups in ten years of Golden Giveaways! Thanks to our amazing supporters, the Foundation have changed the lives of so many people over the last decade. Here are six of the biggest winners of our popular Golden Giveaways…

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D O N AT I O N : £ 2 , 5 0 0 DAT E : D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 4 The Trinity Holistic Centre at James Cook University Hospital provides valuable emotional and practical support to patients with a cancer diagnosis and their families. They were thrilled to receive a £2,500 boost from the Foundation after topping a public poll in 2014. People often use the centre for relaxation and space during an incredibly difficult time in their lives or for therapies to help manage some

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of the unpleasant side effects of their illness or treatment. Our donation meant the centre was able to launch a counselling service and expand their inpatient bedside service. Boro star Jonathan Woodgate joined Patrons Nigel Willis of First Choice Labels and the late Russ Devereux of Patrons Devereaux Transport and Distribution on a visit to see their facilities.

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Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club were top scorers in the Foundation’s Sporting Golden Giveaway, beating 14 other sporting groups and projects to the top prize of £5,000.

weekly sessions with the club.

The club, which is now based in Middlesbrough Sports Village, is open to severely disabled players of all ages and more than 35 members from across Teesside and beyond were attending

Head coach Carolyn Bean, player-coach Cath McNicol and some of the team received the cheque from Michael Powell of Patrons Cleveland Cable Company.

The donation was used buy an expensive but vital specialist wheelchair specifically designed for powerchair football.

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TEES VALLEY WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CLUB D O N AT I O N : £ 2 , 5 0 0 DAT E : M AY 2 0 1 4

Based at Acklam’s Outwood Academy, Tees Valley Wheelchair Sports Club topped our Golden Giveaway poll. The club’s head coach Lee Fawcett, a former Paralympian at both wheelchair basketball and fencing,

was delighted with the donation which enabled the club to buy three more specialist wheelchairs. Karl Pemberton of Patrons Active Chartered Financial Planners is pictured on a visit to see the sport in action.

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Take a trip down Memory Lane as we look back on some of the big moments and best pictures on our 10 years of fighting for Teesside together…

STEP BACK IN TIME

Thanks a million: Patrons celebrate raising our first £1 million in 2015. Founder Andy Preston (front) is pictured with (from left): David Henderson (PX Group), Helena Bowman (Middlesbrough FC), Paul Gibson (Active Chartered Financial Planners), Joanne Regan (Azets), Georgina Branson (Hunters), Jamie Brown (Endeavour Partnership), Harriet Spalding (Mandale Group) and Shaun Hughes (Erimus Insurance Brokers).

Long lost hero: Alastair Brownlee (centre) received a Teesside Hero Award at the Riverside from Boro chairman Steve Gibson (right) and Andy Preston.

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Shooting to the top: getting their sports mixed up at our annual golf tournament in 2016 are Paul Davison of Patrons Erimus Insurance Brokers (top right) with Charles Atha and sons Jack and Thomas.


Scout’s honour: Synthonia Scouts Group join Patrons in celebrating hitting the £3 million fundraising mark in February 2019. Pictured, from left: Dave Nicholson (Nicholson Transport), Jo Lowes (Crystal Galleries), scout leader, Anthony Suddes (AV Dawson), Ken Devereux (Devereux Transport & Distribution) and Andrew Rowe (Azets).

Ladies who lunch: Patrons at a Ladies Lunch at Acklam Hall in 2017, from front clockwise: Heather Forman (Forman Vehicle Services), Susan Theobald (Barclays Middlesbrough), Jayne Stephenson, Harriet Spalding (Mandale), Chris Nolan (Erimus Insurance Brokers), Lisa Preston (Hunters), Theresa Carling (Endeavour Partnership), Adrienne Stark and Zoe Traherne (InBond).

Painting a picture: Shaun Hughes (left) of Patrons Erimus Insurance Brokers offers an apprentice from Community Campus ’87 a helping hand with the decorating. We had donated £40,000 to create apprentice opportunities to the Stockton scheme.

Tea’s up: Patrons Bill Scott (right) and Ken Devereux (left) enjoy a cuppa with volunteers from The Shack, after a £5,000 donation to refurbish the Stockton community centre in 2016.

Having a ball: Patron Barney Ord (second left) with members of Tees Valley Sound Tennis following a £500 donation towards tennis balls for the visually impaired.

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FIRST RESPONDERS

We caught up with four of our founding Patrons who are still supporting our cause ten years on…

ERIMUS INSURANCE BROKERS P A U L D AV I S O N , COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR Erimus is a Teesside business, owned and run by Teessiders, and whilst we have always supported local charities and community groups, my business partner Shaun Hughes was a big fan of the Secret Millionaire TV series and we often spoke about how much impact financial giving can have on so many people who need support. I was approached by Andy Preston, who told me about an idea he’d had. He would ask successful local businesses to come together to give money, which would be used to help local people and community groups who were unlikely to get support elsewhere. That is exactly what Shaun and I were looking for. Not an exclusive multi-

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millionaires club, the Philanthropic Foundation was and is about encouraging businesses and people to give what they can comfortably afford in the knowledge that their money stays on Teesside to help the most vulnerable and the brilliant community groups who do so much for so many. Erimus became Patrons and I later became a Trustee. For the past six years, I have been involved in the management of the charity and it’s incredibly satisfying seeing first-hand how much positive impact we have on so many people who need our support.

DEVEREUX TRANSPORT AND DISTRIBUTION I remember the guys at Endeavour Partnership telling me about the Foundation when it was being formed and I immediately wanted to help.

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“It’s incredibly satisfying seeing first-hand how much positive impact we have on so many people.”

but the Foundation overcame the problem with the Digital Poverty Campaign which was just fantastic.

The company and my family had always supported charities such as the Butterwick Hospice, which we still support today, but raising money purely for Teesside causes was something new.

There have been so many other good causes over the years that have moved me, but one that really stands out for me was a lady and her small group of volunteers in Stockton who were teaching youngsters basic life skills such as cooking.

I’ve really enjoyed being a Patron of the Foundation these last ten years. We all have good and bad times, yet we see them through together.

Ordinarily, parents would teach children, but for those who haven’t had a stable upbringing, this help is a godsend.

During the pandemic, it was heart-breaking to learn that some youngsters had no access to computers to do home schooling,

It would be fair to say that the Foundation has become a local institution and I’ve seen it grow over the years with a real sense of pride.


THE ENDEAVOUR PARTNERSHIP N I G E L W I L L I A M S , C O R P O R AT E AND COMMERCIAL PARTNER As a business, The Endeavour Partnership recognises the importance of giving back to our region and working closely with those changing the lives of our fellow Teessiders. We are proud to be one of the first companies to become patrons of the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation. We have a shared passion for Teesside and its people, so supporting the Foundation to help those in need was and is an easy decision for us.

Many families in our area have faced difficult times during the pandemic and it’s been uplifting to see the Foundation spring to their aid by funding struggling food banks and donating to volunteer-led community groups. Without the continued commitment of local businesses, the charity wouldn’t be able to carry out this invaluable work. As someone who has lived in the area all my life, it makes me incredibly proud to work in collaboration with the foundation as a force for good on Teesside.

BARNEY ORD I was an initial supporter of Middlesbrough charity The Fairbridge Trust along with Andy Preston. We knew we needed a charity specifically for the most deserving and the underprivileged of Middlesbrough and Teesside – they had so little help. I was proud to be one of the founding Patrons of the Philanthropic Foundation and I’m as proud as punch to still be a Patron today. The Foundation have achieved more than I could possibly have hoped for and I continue to watch what they do with a smile. My faith in the charity has never wavered and it’s still my belief that the older generation MUST help the younger ones, especially when that area has been so good to me.

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THE MAIN EVENT Join us at one of our upcoming events and raise money for a fantastic cause…

THE MOONLIT WATERFALL WALK In association with our friends at the Russ Devereux Headlight Project, the Foundation invite you on a unique, moonlit waterfall walk to raise funds for Teessidebased mental health charities. Inspired by our Trustee Alisdair Beveridge of the Build Directory and one of our longest-serving Patrons Bill Scott, we will be starting a 10-mile walk at midnight on Saturday July 24 and finishing as the sun comes up. Our beautiful moonlight trek will follow the Pennine Way, a waterfall trail through Middleton-in-Teesdale that will take in the awesome High Force and Low Force. We will be led throughout by expert guides from KUTA Outdoors, the people who run our annual Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. For more information contact Mandy on mandy.s@teessidecharity.org.uk. Tel: 01642 686018.

Ladies who lunch: (from left) the Foundation's Diane Williamson, Emma Simkins of Henderson Insurance Brokers, Chey Garland and Liza Pontone of Active Chartered Financial Planners.

LADIES’ WINTER LUNCH

LEAP FROM THE SKIES!

THE BIG TEES SLEEPOUT

Members of Teesside’s female business community are in for a treat when we hold our winter Ladies’ Lunch at Whinstone View on Wednesday, December 1.

On Friday October 15, get sponsored to leave your cosy bed for the night to fight the ongoing issue of homelessness and poverty on Teesside.

Ladies will enjoy a welcome drinks reception from 11.30am, a two-course lunch with wine followed by an exciting guest speaker.

Imagine sitting at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 feet, the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below.

Bring along warm clothes – you’ll need them! - plus a sleeping bag and pillow. We’ll provide access to hot drinks and toilets throughout the night.

Tickets are priced at £35 each and can be purchased via our website: teessidecharity.org.uk/events/ or by contacting mandy.s@teessidecharity.org. uk. Tel: 01642 686018.

All funds raised will help us to stock local food banks and provide children’s presents to the Salvation Army Toy Appeal and support homeless organisations across Teesside. For more details, see our website or email mandy.s@teessidecharity.org.uk.

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Philanthropic Fact: We have held 12 ladies’ lunches that have raised over £40,000.

Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go, falling forward into the blue sky, skydiving down through the air as you start freefalling up to 120mph! Well, imagine no more. You can now take part in a skydive any day of the week to suit you… There is a £35 entry fee and then we ask you to raise £395 in sponsorship. For more information or to book your place, please contact mandy.s@teessidecharity. org.uk or call 01642 686018.


Slumberland: staff from St Bede's School in Stockton are among the hundreds to have taken part in the Big Tees Sleepout. Will you join our 10th anniversary event? The Big Tees Sleepout

Finishing line: will you join our team for the Great North Run?

AND DON’T FORGET…

*The Great North Run (places still available). Join the fun for an entry cost of £60 and commit to raising £300 for the Foundation. Email mandy.s@teessidecharity.org.uk for more information.

*Philanthropic Foundation Golf Day at Rockliffe Hall. There is still chance to come and tee-off with us on September 30. Email mandy.s@teessidecharity.org. uk for more information.

Philanthropic Fact: Our supporters have completed six GNR’s over the years, raising £70,000.

Philanthropic Fact: Six previous golf days have raised £32,000.

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IN THE NEWS…

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our work continues despite the pandemic. Here are just a few of the good causes we’ve supported so far this year…

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BIG DONATION FOR LITTLE SPROUTS Little Sprouts, a wonderful charity who fight for the health and wellbeing of children, families and vulnerable people in Stockton and Middlesbrough with their food-related projects, were the recipients of a £4,900 donation. Since Covid struck, they have created a surplus food redistribution operation to help those at risk of food poverty. Our donation will help Little Sprouts to extend their vital work and create even stronger community links through their cooking clubs and cafes.

Paul Gibson of our Patrons Active Chartered Financial Planners with the team at Little Sprouts.

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Foundation trustee David Henderson (centre) of Patrons PX Group visits Hartlepool Food Bank.

We were thrilled to donate £1,350 to Hartlepool Food Bank – an amazing facility that has fed more than 4,000 struggling locals during the pandemic. Food bank manager Lisa Lavender, who received a visit from Foundation Trustee David Henderson of Patrons PX Group, revealed the donation has been earmarked to buy vital produce for needy local families. “It’s shocking really to think that in 2021 people should have to rely on a food bank,” said Lisa. “But it’s also wonderful to be able to make a difference and to help give a voice to the people we support.”

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Bags of help: Sophie Palleschi (right) of Patrons Archers Law with volunteers from St Aidan’s Free Kitchen.

MARCHING ON We were moved by seven remarkable individuals and companies who, in just one month, raised more than £2,000 for charities focused on feeding the homeless and vulnerable. Suzanne and Rebecca Stokoe, Michelle RichardsonMurray, Patricia Bruce, Brian Jones and Lindsey Williams raised £1,600 by taking part in the Easter Sleepout at Home, while raffles organised by our Patrons Barclays Middlesbrough and Stockton’s Archers Law raised an additional £1,000. The charities who each received a donation of £500 were the Moses Project in Stockton, the Neighbourhood Welfare Homeless Café in Middlesbrough, St Aidan’s Free Kitchen, Recipe and Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen which is run by the Middlesbrough Sikh Temple.


£8,000 SUPPORT FOR OUR HOSPICE HEROES Teesside’s four amazing hospices Alice House in Hartlepool, Butterwick in Stockton, Zoe’s Place in Normanby and Teesside Hospice in Middlesbrough - each received a well-deserved £2,000 donation from our charity. Representatives of our Patrons NSMP, Causeway, PD Ports and Active Chartered Financial Planners presented cheques to each of the deserving causes. After visiting Teesside Hospice, Kirsten Donkin of PD Ports said: “Donations like this are more vital now than ever before as we continue to see the adverse impact of Covid on vital services provided by organisations and charities such as Teesside Hospice, with opportunities to fundraise massively reduced.”

Kirsten Donkin of Patrons PD Ports visits Teesside Hospice.

GOOD SAMARITANS…

Causeway’s Charlie Pickering (right) with our charity’s founder Andy Preston and Jill Manders, deputy head of St Joseph’s Primary School in Middlesbrough.

FROM ONE GREAT CAUSE TO ANOTHER! Global tech firm Causeway became Patrons this year after backing our successful Digital Poverty Appeal with an incredibly generous £25,000 donation. The newcomers to thriving offices in Middlesbrough’s Centre Square were determined to give back to the local community. “For Causeway, as an IT company, the Digital Poverty Campaign really hit a nerve,” said chief technology officer Charlie Pickering. “We wanted to do our bit, and supporting the Foundation made perfect sense.”

Mandale’s Harriet Spalding (right) with Jane Smith.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we were able to make a donation of £1,000 to Teesside Samaritans – helping them support local people who are struggling to cope. The money was handed over to branch manager Jane Smith by Harriet Spalding of our Patrons, Mandale Homes. “It’s been a really difficult year for the Teesside branch of the Samaritans and the call to say that we were being given such a generous sum really came out of the blue,” said Jane. “We will use the money to ensure that we stay afloat and carry on doing our work as we look towards the future.” Stockton-based Mandale Homes are keen to promote mental health awareness, reduce stigma and increase access to help whenever possible, so it seemed only fitting that Harriet should hand over the cheque to Jane. “The past year or so has inevitably taken a toll on many people’s mental health, so it was with huge pride that I was able to visit the Teesside branch of the Samaritans to learn more about the incredibly important work they do,” said Harriet.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Foundation’s big donation helps address local hunger

Foundation Patron Ian Stark (left) joins Environment City’s Joe Dunne with a Teesside delivery of food from Fare Share NE in Newcastle. Soon the food will be delivered from a Middlesbrough hub. Pic: Stuart Boulton

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he Teesside Food Hub, a ground-breaking project to provide low-cost and free food to struggling local families, promises to be one of the Foundation’s greatest achievements.

The Foundation made one of our biggest ever donations - £30,000 - to founders Middlesbrough Environment City and FareShare NE to make the Food Hub a reality earlier this year. Now the Hub is set to move into new Middlesbrough premises where their financially sustainable food redistribution centre will increase access to affordable, healthy food for struggling families across the Tees Valley. The Hub will enable the daily delivery of a wide range of food to a myriad of projects and initiatives. Thanks to a further

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£20,000 donation from Boro’s charity, MFC Foundation, it will eventually feature a space for healthy and sustainable cooking classes and a community café. Before the big move, the organisation continue to run a temporary distribution centre from facilities at Teesport, kindly provided Middlesbrough firm PD Ports. FareShare NE utilises high-quality surplus food from supermarkets that would otherwise go to landfill, redistributing it across the North-East, including 45 Teesside organisations in Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton, Billingham and Hartlepool plus 18 more in the Darlington area. Philanthropic trustee Ian Stark was hugely impressed with the work of FareShare NE and Environment City and thrilled that the Foundation could be lead funders for the Teesside Food Hub.

“It’s not acceptable in 2021 that families are struggling to feed their children, so I’m delighted that separate charities are joining forces to act as a powerful force for good on Teesside,” he said. Joe Dunne, food partnership coordinator at Middlesbrough Environment City, added: “We’ve been on a long journey since identifying the real need for a hub on Teesside. This project is all about improving access to good quality affordable food for all.” Jake Hanmore, chief executive of FareShare NE, said: “We have been supporting the Tees region from our Newcastle regional centre. A food hub on Teesside allows us to sustainably support more groups through our partnership with Middlesbrough Environment City.”


10 WAYS YOU CAN HELP OUR UNIQUE CHARITY

HELPING HANDS

It’s easy to make a difference to those in need on Teesside – simply support the Foundation in a way that suits your budget and time

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Become a patron

We have more than 40 Patrons – local businesses and wealthy individuals who make an annual donation. By being a Patron, you can get involved with funding application decisions, present cheques and awards to our Teesside Heroes and Golden Giveaway winners, you will be recognised in our newsletters and on our website. An annual patronage is £5,000 for organisations and £2,750 for individuals. To get involved, email info@teessidecharity.org.uk

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Join the Infant Hercules Charity Club (IHCC)

Perfect for smaller businesses who are keen to support us on a corporate level, membership of the IHCC costs £1,000 a year or £100 a month. Benefits include the opportunity to publicly show support, have your logo on our charity website, a Facebook article when you sign up, mentions on Twitter and invitations to exclusive quarterly business gatherings. For more information, contact Diane Williamson via info@teessidecharity. org.uk

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Become a Centurion

Join the legions of wonderful people who donate £19 a month to our charity as a Centurion. To sign up and do your bit for Teesside's most disadvantaged people, visit the Foundation’s website and click the ‘Donate’ button to complete your details.

Herculean effort: original members of the Infant Hercules Charity Club.

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Make a one-off donation

By simply clicking the blue ‘Donate’ button on our website, you can make a one-off payment. There is no monetary limit – we are immensely grateful for all your donations.

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Attend an event

The Foundation organises wonderful events throughout the year, from lunches to black tie and sporting events. Buy a ticket, come along and have fun knowing that you are helping a fantastic cause. Check our website for details.

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Take part in a sponsored event

Ever fancied running a marathon, skydiving or perhaps bungee jumping? Then take part in one of our sponsored events. We do all the organisation, you simply need to raise a minimum amount of money. Keep an eye on our social media for offers.

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Organise your own event

Have a coffee morning, a boot sale or an office raffle. We love to hear the ingenious ways our supporters raise money for us!

Donate prizes for auctions and raffles

Raffles and auctions are great fun and bring in much-needed funds. We accept hampers and bottles of alcohol, beauty vouchers, hotel stays– every donation is appreciated! Email Diane Williamson via info@teessidecharity. org.uk

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Nominate a Teesside Hero

Teesside Heroes not only get recognition for their amazing good deeds as unsung community champions, but they are given £1,000 to donate to their Teesside-based charity of choice. Of course, we need to hear about them, so nominate them via info@teessidecharity.org.uk

Follow us on social media

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, like and share our posts - it makes a huge difference in helping us spread the word about our wonderful charity.

On duty: James Dale (centre) of Patrons Anderson Barrowcliff presented Teesside Heroes Awards to Dave Cook and Gari Finch of Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team.

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OUR PATRONS The generosity and commitment of the Foundation’s Trustees and Patrons is helping to shine a spotlight on Teesside for all the right reasons – from willingness to give, to the strength of our private sector and the area’s ambitions for a more positive future. Thank you to everyone one of them.

OUR TRUSTEES Lee Bramley, Emily Bentley, Alisdair Beveridge, Paul Davison, Ian Gordon, David Henderson, Karl Pemberton, Harriet Spalding, Ian Stark, Andrew Rowe, Frances Connolly.

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