Final call for entries as North East Charity Awards deadline looms

Judges have made a final call for entries in the North East Charity Awards as the clock ticks down towards the deadline.

All entries to the awards must be submitted no later than 3pm this Friday, August 16.

Charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, businesses and individuals are encouraged to enter, before the winners are crowned at a glittering awards night at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on October 17.

You can nominate others or enter yourself.

The North East Charity Awards has so far enjoyed four successful years, celebrating the achievements of the region’s charity, voluntary and social enterprise sectors and also highlighting some of the fantastic support businesses and individuals in our region provide.

The awards are designed to recognise the hard work and creative thinking by our local charities and individual fundraisers, increase awareness of our local charities, celebrate those who work tirelessly to support the many good causes in our region and also celebrate the local businesses and individuals who help support the work of our charities.

The awards
The awards

The entertainment at the awards will come from the brilliant North East stand-up comedian Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy.

Lee, from Newcastle, has been a regular on the North East stand-up scene for some time, but he shot to national stardom when he won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014, and last summer he won ITV’s highest-rated show, Britain’s Got Talent.

He was the first comic ever to win the show, and when he took to the stage he delivered one of the most hilarious and unique stand-up routines the show has ever seen. Lee has cerebral palsy, which affects his ability to speak, so he is the first stand-up comedian to make a name for himself using a communication aid – staging his comedy routines through an iPad app.

Lee Ridley. Credit Steve Ullathorne
Lee Ridley. Credit Steve Ullathorne

He said he can’t wait to take to the stage at awards night at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on October 17, adding: “I’m really looking forward to performing at the North East Charity Awards later this year. It’s always a delight to come back home and play in front of a North East crowd. Everyone from the region has been so supportive of me since I won BGT, so it’ll be nice to give them something back, especially at such a special event.”

The award categories are:

  • Outstanding Charity Support by Large Companies, sponsored by Northumbria CRC
  • Outstanding Charity Support by Small to Medium Companies
  • Corporate Charity Ambassador of the Year
  • Uniquely North East Award
  • Outstanding Social Enterprise
  • Charity Leader of the Year, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin
  • Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Banks Group
  • Young Charity Champion of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach
  • Small Charity of the Year
  • North East Charity of the Year, sponsored by Leathers the Accountants

The awards are held in association with Brewin Dolphin with category sponsors including Leathers the Accountants, Banks Group, Northumberland CRC and Stagecoach.

Author: Hot reporter