16th Oct 2017
The vital importance of philanthropy for the region’s charity sector was highlighted at the third annual North East Charity Awards. Lyn Shears won this year’s Philanthropy Award, with Ash and Gill Winter receiving a special commendation as runners-up.
Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland said:
“We were delighted the Awards recognise Lyn Shears and the Winter Family for their kind generosity and the huge impact that their philanthropy has made in North East England.
“Through the Shears Foundation and funds placed with the Community Foundation, Lyn provides support for a number of socially-oriented organisations and takes a personal interest in each. Whilst Ash and Gill are involved in many projects in the area including the NE Ambulance Service and The Charlotte Straker Project.
“We highly commend Lyn and the Winter Family for making a difference and supporting communities in our region.”
The North East Charity Awards celebrate the achievements of the region’s charity, voluntary and social enterprise sectors. A total of 11 awards were presented on the evening, including the Philanthropy Award, which was jointly sponsored by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and the County Durham Community Foundation.
Rob Williamson adds: “Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and the County Durham Community Foundation are independent charities dedicated to making a difference in North East England. We build on the region’s proud history of philanthropy by opening up the rewards of giving to everyone who wants to help causes close to their hearts. Between us, we have over 500 community funds set up by individuals, families, businesses and other charitable trusts.
“Collectively, we have awarded £150m of funding to a huge range of groups across the region – from our landmark cultural venues to our grassroots volunteer groups, and everything in between. And together, we are working to shine a light on the area’s vital causes which have a low profile but a huge need.
“We founded and co-sponsor this category at the North East Charity Awards to celebrate those whose philanthropy does so much to benefit people and places here on our doorstep. The individuals and families who rarely seek the limelight for themselves, but whose generosity enables ambitions to be achieved, potential fulfilled and needs met.
“We hope by their example, others will be inspired to make a real impact through giving to help our communities thrive.”