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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 every one of them.

Our Trustees Lee Bramley, Paul Davison, Emily Bentley, Karl Pemberton, Harriet Spalding, Ian Stark, Alisdair Beveridge, David Henderson.

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Smiles - Patrons Bill Scott (centre) and Alastair Powell (right) with guest Martin Walker of new Infant Hercules members Tees Business.

PATRON POWER Some of Teesside’s most prominent businesses were represented when the Foundation held a Patrons’ Dinner at The Keys in Yarm. Patrons who attended the event heard our Chair of Trustees Lee

THE DREAM TEAM More than 100 big-hearted Teessiders braved horrendous weather to take part in our latest Big Teesside Sleepout, raising more than £20,000 – making it one of our most successful sleepout events. Ormesby Hall was the venue for the sleepout – our 14th since 2013, with more than 1,200 locals having now given up their warm beds for a night in the cold - raising around £170,000. Over £20,000 was pledged from the event which really will help to make a difference here on Teesside. The next Big Tees Sleepout takes place on October 16 2020 at Middlesbrough College. You can register at www.bigteessidesleepout. co.uk.

Bramley, of the Endeavour Partnership, provide an update on the

Be inspired. That’s the effect I hope reading this magazine has on you. You’d need a heart of stone not be. The following pages are overflowing with inspirational people – those who donate to us, fundraise for us and those who receive the funds too. A flick through the pages shows just a glimpse of what a remarkable place Teesside is. It’s full of givers – the sort of big-hearted people that want to do some good

charity’s work and explain to guests the benefits of being a Patron.

organisations can help us to make a difference to the lives of

Corporate Patron leading, most respected businesses as a Patron of our Foundation.

– as an individual, couple or family. See page 7. Get Involved in one of our fundraising events

Some have done really significant, amazing things that

The Big Tees Sleepout, Ladies’ Lunches, the Great North Run, sky

demanded massive commitment, while others have

dives and many more events are on our annual calendar.

And together we’re helping a massive number of local charities, worthy causes and disadvantaged Teessiders.

Climbers - some of those who took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

For a donation of £2,750 per year, you can become a Personal Patron

to do.


But the unsung community champion described himself as “unworthy” when his voluntary efforts were recognised with a Teesside Hero award.

For a donation of £5,000 per year, you can join some of the region’s

Infant Hercules Charity Club

done small things. But they all add up to something

Eddie, who passed away in November, ran a much-loved youth club for 40 years and had organised a popular Irish dancing session for the last 17 years.

Teessiders in need including:

for no other reason than they believe it’s the right thing

Organise your own fundraising event If you’d like to donate profits from your own fundraiser, we’d naturally be delighted! For more details, contact diane.w@teessidecharity.org.uk.

Family and friends of our late friend Russ Devereux raised a whopping £3,561 by taking on and overcoming the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. All of the funds went towards the Russ Devereux Headlight Project, the community action group set up in Russ’s memory by his wife Catherine, promoting good mental health across Teesside schools. The challenge involved them climbing Yorkshire’s three highest peaks Whernside (736m), Ingleborough (724m) and Pen-Y-Ghent (694m) in less than 12 hours. The group included Russ’s uncle, Tony Devereux, Tony’s children Sean and Becky, and Russ’s friends Andy Smith, Karl Lane, Peter Welham, Connor Welham and Paul Syson.

and working towards a common aim people can

– whether you’re featured in this issue or not – I want Patrons – Paul Davison of Erimus Insurance Brokers with Alisdair Beveridge of the Build Directory.

an even better place to live and work.

FIGHTING FOR TEESSIDE TOGETHER Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re all Teesside

Editor: Dave Allan, DNA PR & Publicity


Design: Viral Effect Photography: Doug Moody, Chris Booth, Tom Banks.


THEY MET IN THE MIDDLE! Teams of Lloyds staff split into two, with one cycling from Whitby and the other walking from Hartlepool, with both ending their challenge at Teesside’s iconic Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.

If you’re one of those who’ve supported our Foundation


Hero - Eddie White received a Teesside Hero Award in 2017.

Our thanks the amazing staff at Lloyds Banking Group for the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire who organised two tandem fundraising events that raised £819 for our Foundation.

achieve truly amazing, life-changing things.

helping to make a difference – you’re making Teesside

Middlesbrough-born Eddie became a well-known face to generations of the town’s teenagers while running Sacred Heart Youth Club on Linthorpe Road for four decades between 1966 and 2006.


It’s a powerful message about how by joining forces

to say a massive and sincere ‘Thank you’. You really are

FOREVER A TEESSIDE HERO All at Teesside Philanthropic Foundation send their heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Eddie White – a winner of our Teesside Hero Award in July 2017.

Guests in attendance heard about various ways in which local

Personal Patron

Facing the cold - fundraisers at the Big Tees Sleepout.

Print: Quoin, Middlesbrough. Website: www.teessidecharity.org.uk Email: info@teessidecharity.org.uk Twitter: @teessidecharity Facebook: Teesside Charity

Jump - will you skydive for us?

TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH We’ve secured 10 places to skydive at the Durham Parachute Centre in Shotton Colliery on Saturday March 21 2020. There is a £35 entry fee payable directly to the skydive centre by calling 0191 517 1234. Participants are asked to raise £395 in sponsorship for the Foundation. For more information please contact mandy.s@teessidecharity.org.uk or call 01642 686018.

Transported - the Lloyds fundraisers.


Smiles - New Chair of Trustees Lee Bramley (right) presented Founder Andy Preston with a memento of his eight years chairing our charity.

WE HAD A BALL! A record-breaking £79,000 was raised for struggling Teesside families and local worthy causes when 550 Teessiders – including a Who’s Who of local businesses - attended the region’s biggest annual charity ball. Held in the Grand Marquee at Wynyard Hall, Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s Charity Ball featured a dinner, live bands, dancing, auction and raffle. Fundraising items were generously donated by Barney Ord, Psyche, Cool Blue Brand Communications, Wynyard Hall, Porsche Centre Teesside, Teesside International Airport, elite makeup artist Amanda Bell, Ramsdens, Café Lilli, Luxury Chauffeuring Services, Ecco Finishing Supplies, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Bulkhaul, Michael Cartwright, Charity Escapes, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Cocoon & Bauer, Janice Foley, Kate Fearnley, Wooden Reindeer Company, singer Paul Smith, Durham County Cricket Club, Joe Cornish Gallery, Richard Piers Rayner and Nick Dent.

Headline Sponsor – First Choice Labels Co-Sponsor - Square One Law Wine Sponsor - Active Chartered Financial Planners Programme Sponsor - The Prickly Pear Bistro Drinks Reception Sponsor - InBond.



WE GAVE THEM A RUN FOR OUR MONEY! It’s been quite a year for those willing to put their best foot forward to raise funds for our Foundation by taking part in a run. From a 5k right up to a marathon, a vast array of big-hearted fundraisers stepped out on our behalf. Our pictures give just a taste of those who took part in the Middlesbrough 10k, Great North Run, New York and Berlin marathons. No fewer than 49 runners – our biggest ever team - represented the Foundation and our great friends at the Russ Devereux Headlight Project in the Great North Run. Leading the Headlight team was Russ’s wife Catherine, while seven of our Patrons were represented in the big event. Elliott Butterworth, Jay Holmes and Rich Bowden took part in the New York Marathon in memory of Russ. And completing the Berlin Marathon were Lisa Preston, Jordan Clayton, Nick Dent and Mark Simpson. Our thanks to everyone who took part in a run for us during 2019.

THE INFANT HERCULES CHARITY CLUB A new level of corporate membership to the Philanthropic Foundation

The chance to spend time learning from some of Teesside’s most successful business leaders is just one of the advantages smaller businesses will receive through the newly launched Infant Hercules Charity Club. Offering a new level of business membership of the Philanthropic Foundation, the Infant Hercules Charity Club is designed to appeal to successful but smaller businesses who couldn’t commit to the sums involved with being a Patron but are keen to support the Foundation on a corporate level. Benefits of membership will include an invitation to an exclusive, intimate quarterly business gathering - limited to one representative from each member organisation – where prominent local business leaders will tell their story, offer business tips and take part in a Q&A with members. Already confirmed as speakers at the gatherings are three of the

Leader - Tanya Garland.

region’s most respected business leaders – Tanya Garland of Foundation Patrons Cool Blue Brand Communications, who founded our charity with Andy Preston, Patron Bill Scott MBE, CEO of Port Clarence-based Wilton Engineering, and Gary Dawson, managing director of another of our Patrons, Middlesbrough firm AV Dawson. Founding members of the Charity Club are Stockton accounts firm Abacus Bean – recently crowned Best New Business in the Tees Businesswomen Awards – plus Tees Business, JH Mechanical Services, Property and Land Information (PALI), Mark Kenrick, the Cunningham Family and Nigel and Claire Vaughan. Other benefits of joining the Infant Hercules Charity Club include: ●●

The opportunity to publicly show support and make a difference for the most disadvantaged Teessiders


To see your business listed and personally mix with some of Teesside’s most influential, successful businesses and business leaders


Company logo on charity website


Article on charity’s popular Facebook feed and mentions on Twitter when signing up

Access - Gary Dawson.

Membership to the Infant Hercules Charity Club is £1,000 a year or £100 a month. If you’d like to be considered to attend the invite-only launch event of the Charity Club, please email info@teessidecharity.org.uk Respected - Bill Scott.





Visit by Yvonne Ferguson, Middlesbrough FC

Visit by Michael Powell, Cleveland Cable Company

Thanks to our supporters, the £5,000 pot of money from our last Golden Giveaway has gone towards providing trips and activities for autistic children and their families.

We “submit” we’re massive fans of the amazing work being carried out by Ralph Presgrave through his community group Submit 2 Success.

Ingleby Barwick-based charity Autism Parents Together helps children with the condition - and their mums and dads.

Michael Powell, of one of our generous Patrons Cleveland Cable Company, paid a visit to see the inspiring community work Submit 2 Success is carrying out in the centre of Thornaby.

Getting out and about, they told us, can have its challenges and they want to be able to provide events and activities for youngsters in exclusive environments where they won’t be judged and where they can mix with other families who simply understand and accept. Yvonne Ferguson of our patrons Middlesbrough FC was joined by our very own Jenny Williams for a visit to hear an update on how Autism Parents Together is thriving since our big donation.

Yvonne Ferguson (second left) of Middlesbrough FC and the Foundation’s Jenny Williams enjoy fun at an Austism Parents Together event.

Ralph, a recent winner of a Teesside Hero Award, runs the programme, which uses the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to inspire kids to stay fit, healthy, active, off the streets and away from negative influences.


Hundreds of young people have been involved in its various free projects. We donated £1,000 to Submit 2 Success enabling Ralph to run more of his 10-week Bullyproof programmes.

The funds our supporters help us raise don’t stay in our bank account for long. They are

The visit by Michael - son of Cleveland Cable boss Alastair Powell - coincided with a Bullyproof graduation presentation, so Michael stayed to hand out the prizes.

quickly donated to the people and organisations who need it most right here on Teesside. Here are just four examples of the money we’ve donated to amazing local causes…


£1,000 TO PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Visit by Mel Devine, Hunters Estate Agents

Visit by Terry and Heather Forman

Teessiders suffering from the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s Disease can stay in touch thanks to a £1,000 donation from our Foundation.

A Middlesbrough community café can now support families facing hardship to find work - and a hot meal - thanks to support from the Philanthropic Foundation.

Those who attend the Middlesbrough area’s Parkinson’s Support Group enjoy weekly meet-ups to hear speakers, keep in touch and provide support over a friendly cuppa.

Unity Café, based at Trinity Family Friendly Centre at the Methodist Church in Middlesbrough’s Whinney Banks area, received £5,000 from our charity to continue its work providing a hot meal for families and lonely widows.

Thanks to our donation, the group was able to enjoy days out, a visit to the theatre and a Christmas meal.

And Patrons Heather and Terry Forman paid a visit to the café to enjoy a cuppa and hear about the impact our donation has made.

Christine Routledge, the group’s treasurer, told us: “Our group helps people with Parkinson’s to remain within the community, as the nature of the condition often leads people to withdraw into isolation. Our group encourages social interactions to be maintained.”

The donation has also been invested in laptops and internet access to help people on Universal Credit find suitable employment through access to adult learning courses.


Mel Devine of our Patrons, Hunters Estate Agents, paid a visit to meet some of the members at their Christmas party to hear about the impact of our donation.

Cheer - Mel Devine of Hunters Estate Agents with guests at the Parkinson’s Support Group Christmas event.



Each month we surprise a local community champion with a Teesside Hero Award. They receive a trophy and the chance to nominate a local worthy cause to receive £1,000 from our charity. Here are our latest winners…

THE CARAVAN OF LOVE – NUMBER 3! Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s third caravan for use by disadvantaged local families – and our first adapted for those with disabilities – is complete and will soon be in place at Reighton Sands Caravan Park.

Two years ago our friends at The Finlay Cooper Fund made a generous donation of £35,000 to help us purchase our second caravan to give short breaks for some of Teesside’s most disadvantaged families.




Kath Callan

Adam Sayers and Paul Scott

Andrew Elmy

Split £1,000 between: Butterwick Children’s Hospice and James Cook Macmillan Cancer Support

Donated £1,000 to: Starmakerz Theatre School

Donated £1,000 to: Families First North East

Background: Musical duo who give up their own time and energy to run the Middlesbrough-based Starmakerz, providing free music tuition, singing and dancing to four to 18-year-olds. Their mission is to give disadvantaged youngsters the chance to develop their musical skills. They put our £1,000 donation into Starmakerz to continue helping Teesside’s kids shine bright.

Background: Nicknamed “Mister Maker”, volunteer Andrew Elmy is named after the popular CBeebies entertainer because of the art and craft projects he does with young people and adults at charity Families First North East in Hartlepool, despite living with a brain tumour since the age of nine that can cause seizures at any moment and has left him blind in one eye. He asked the Foundation to donate the cash to Families First North-East, the charity he loves working with.

Background: A third generation member of the Salvation Army, Kath Callan has coordinated the charity’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal to help the poorest Middlesbrough families for 20 years, while she also founded and organised Teesside Netball League and has organised fundraising for many local charities. Kath asked us to donate £500 to two local causes she is passionate about - Butterwick Children’s Hospice and James Cook Macmillan Cancer Support.

Presented by: Lisa Preston (Hunters Estate Agents)

Presented by: Jo McDonald (Hambleton Group)

Presented by: Jayne Stephenson

Now this amazing local charity has signed off in some style by donating more than £50,000 to enable us to purchase a third caravan specially adapted with ramps, hoist, wider doorways and lower units to make it suitable for disabled bodied people. The Philanthropic Foundation will provide all of the support for the short breaks but the purchase of a third caravan was only made possible through the legacy fund offered to us by the Finlay Cooper Fund.

Donation - Foundation Patron Ken Devereux (left) with Finlay Cooper Fund’s Colin Cooper and Graham Fordy.

The fund was set up by former Middlesbrough footballer Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of their son, Finlay, who died in a tragic choking accident days before his second birthday. Along with trustees Nick Waites, Graham Fordy and our own chair of trustees Lee Bramley, they have done Finlay proud by raising £600,000 for local children’s causes. Now Finlay’s Holiday Home will ensure his name lives on, associated for many years to come with a project we’re incredibly proud of. The holiday home will be available on the same Filey site as our existing caravans from Easter 2020.

Location - the caravan is on a site next to the beach.




Ralph Presgrave

Dave Saunders

Lisa Tomlinson

Split £1,000 between: Submit 2 Success and Mind (Middlesbrough & Stockton)

Donated £1,000 to: Grangetown Football Club

Donated £1,000 to: Teesside Family Foundation

Background: As a result of his award, we’ve donated £500 to the Thornaby group Ralph set up and runs using the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to inspire kids to stay fit, healthy, active, off the streets and away from negative influences. The extra funds will enable Ralph to run more of his 10-week Bullyproof programmes.

Background: Football coach Dave asked us to put the money back into the football club he loves to help fund its young teams. The 54-year-old Eston dad was honoured for the decades of tireless community work – more than 40 years at the grassroots - he has done for the people of the area. He also runs an annual charity match and organises recycling.

Background: She’s a cancer survivor, campaigner, charity fundraiser and nursing associate – and now Lisa Tomlinson is a Teesside Hero too! She asked us to donate £1,000 to our friends at Teesside Family Foundation who have supported her on a number of occasions in the past. She has single-handedly raised thousands of pounds for a whole host of Teesside charities since being given just a 50/50 chance of survival in 2006.

Presented by: Lee Bramley (Endeavour Partnership)

Presented by: Andrew Rowe (Baldwins)

Presented by: Dave Nicholson (Nicholson Group) New arrival - our third caravan is for disadvantaged families who have a member with a disability.



Speaker - Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies (third right) with representatives of our Patrons at the Ladies’ Lunch.

WHY WE BACK THIS CHARITY Three of our Patrons explain why they support Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

Lee Bramley Chair of Trustees, Philanthropic Foundation

“Nearly every member of our team has raised money for the Foundation in one way or another, whether that’s been taking part in our coast-to-coast bike ride, running a 10k, tackling the Three Peaks or taking part in a sleepout.

“We were one of the first businesses to become Patrons back in 2011 – and the Foundation is now part and parcel of what Endeavour Partnership stands for.

“What’s regularly said by our staff is that they love that they get to see first hand where the money is going. We see the money in action, which is emotive and inspiring.”

Managing Director, Endeavour Partnership

“Founder Andy Preston came to see the partners, told us about the philanthropic opportunity and within 20 minutes we were sold. There was a bit of a recession and times were hard but we absolutely got Andy’s vision. “Having grown up in central Middlesbrough, I was acutely aware of the challenges people faced and I’m a firm believer in trying to help others less fortunate and am now in the privileged position to be able to do that.


“That was the starting point for us - but now look at the impressive list of Patrons on the back page of this magazine and it’s clear there’s also an opportunity to mix, make friends and do business with other prominent Teesside businesses.”

Inspiring - Karl Pemberton.

Zoe Lewis Chief Executive, Middlesbrough College

Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies was a huge hit as guest speaker at our Ladies’ Lunch at Whinstone View - with £5,000 raised

“The college has always actively supported local charities because we believe supporting the community is part of our wider role in terms of involving the staff, students and parents.

for Teesside’s most disadvantaged families and other worthy causes. The event – kindly sponsored by our Patrons Vitality Face - was attended by 160 of our female supporters including representatives of our patrons Barclays UK (Middlesbrough), The Endeavour Partnership LLP, Hambleton Group, Archers Law, Active Chartered Financial Planners, Erimus Insurance Brokers, Crystal Galleries, Castlegate Shopping Centre, The Build Directory, Baldwins Group and Mandale Group. Other local organisations represented included Cornerstone Business Solutions Ltd, Chipchase Manners, We Can Dance, Truck tech - NE limited, HR2day, Wolviston Group Limited, Core Legal Limited, Jacksons Law Firm, Taylor Wimpey, Rockliffe Hall and Punch Robson Solicitors. Note for diaries: the next Ladies’ Lunch is due to be held on April 2nd at Wynyard Hall.


Impressive - Lee Bramley.

Karl Pemberton Managing Director, Active Chartered Financial Planners Trustee, Philanthropic Foundation “Active has always been a charitable business and we used to choose a charity to support each year. But then the charities we had struck a relationship with would continue to ask us for our support. It was a moral dilemma because it’s great to support worthy causes but helping them all is unsustainable. “The Philanthropic Foundation ticks a massive box for us, as it allows us to donate anonymously and give money to one central resource that takes the administrative burden away from us and shares the funds among many great local charities and causes. We now support many more local causes by handing a cheque over to one organisation. “Being Patrons has allowed us to meet like-minded individuals who we wouldn’t have otherwise met who are also generous and passionate about Teesside.

“What inspired us to recently become part of the Foundation was hearing how the charity had gathered momentum across the business community, making local businesses aware of their wider role in society. We wanted to be part of a movement that encourages that sort of responsible action. “We’re keen to scale up and make a difference for our community in partnership with business – and I really hope we can inspire others to follow suit. “We’ve hosted the Foundation’s Big Tees Sleepout for several years now Partnership - Zoe Lewis. but this is really stepping it up. We have 1,000 staff and 13,000 students and we’re keen to find ways to become increasingly part of this great charity.”

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WE ARE TEESSIDE! Every penny we donate stays right here on Teesside – and representatives of our generous Patrons regularly pay visits to the charities and community groups we support to see first-hand the impact our donations have.


THIS SOUND INVESTMENT IS ACE A Teesside sports group that gives tennis opportunities for the blind and visually impaired celebrated its fifth birthday with a £500 donation from our Foundation. Our generous Patron Barney Ord paid a visit to Tees Valley Sound Tennis, a group of blind and visually impaired tennis enthusiasts who in 2018 were named North East Disability Sports Club of the Year. The £500 Golden Giveaway donation enabled TVST to pay for the costs of coaching and court hire. We’ve also helped them with the cost of the special sound tennis balls that are imported and need regularly replacing.

A golden glow to the tune of £1,500 is settling over a Hartlepool group which supports children and young people with complex needs.

Club chairman Dave Donnelly said: “The money is massive for us because we are a relatively small club.”

Middlesbrough - Barney Ord (second left) with Tees Valley Sound Tennis members.

And our donation to Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group is helping to deliver a programme of activities that will enrich, enliven and enlighten the lives of 100 Teesside families. Larah Hunt from our patrons Charles Clinkard paid a visit to the group to hear more about their work supporting families and children by encouraging them to reach their full potential.

Hartlepool - Larah Hunt had fun with the Special Needs Support Group.

Activities include fun clubs, trips, live show visits, lunches, themed parties and soft play adventures as well as vital support services for parents and carers who cope with the reality of life-limiting conditions on a daily basis.

BOOSTING GIRL POWER Young Teesside girls can enjoy day trips and activities following the Philanthropic Foundation’s £500 boost to the coffers of the 2nd Thornaby Rainbows. Situated in the disadvantaged Mandale and Victoria ward of Thornaby, volunteer leaders at the Rainbow unit are dedicated to giving the girls, aged five-seven, a range of life experiences within a safe, encouraging environment.

Thornaby - Rainbows display their badges with visitor Jayne Stephenson.

After they received £500 through our Golden Giveaway, one of our loyal Patrons, Jayne Stephenson, paid a visit to meet the girls and their leaders, where Sarah Richardson told us our small donation had been a “massive” support to the Rainbows.

“The trips and experiences help the girls build their confidence and self-esteem,” said Sarah, who revealed the funds had also paid for achievement badges for the Rainbows. “But we are in an area where money is hard to come by, so this will ease the pressure of parents having to pay.”


Saltburn - Ged Flanagan fits right in with the Scouts.

TEESSIDE SEASIDERS’ KITCHEN COMPLETION We were proud to help Saltburn Scouts complete the transformation of their scout hut into an all-round community hub with the completion of a vital kitchen rewiring.

been able to take advantage of a once cold and drafty building that’s now completed its transition into a warm, bright and welcoming facility.

Our donation of £1,264 enabled the scouts to carry out the crucial maintenance work after vermin damaged cables, leaving the kitchen unsafe and unusable.

Ged Flanagan of our Patrons, the Endeavour Partnership, paid a visit to see the Scouts and their refurbished facilities for himself – and gave it a massive thumbs up.

With rewiring now complete, all manner of local groups have


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