Gallery: Alternative Business Awards 2017

The Alternative Business Awards were back with a bang last Friday.

The event raised over £16,000 for the Foundation to support our work with disabled people.

For the full story of the night click here.

Here’s a full gallery of pictures from the event!

Alternative Business Awards 2017

The Alternative Business Awards were back with a bang on Friday!

Over 200 people from the North East business world descended on St James’ Park for a night of accolades, laughs and fundraising.

Hosted by BBC Newcastle’s breakfast presenters Alfie Joey and Anna Foster, the Alternative Business Awards give regional businesses the chance to show their fun side.

Entertainment was provided by comedy acts The Suggestibles and Fin Healy, son of the late Brendan Healy who was a great supporter of the event.

The main prize of the night – the Alternative Business Person of the Year Award – went to Barbara Gubbins, CEO of the County Durham Community Foundation.

Huge thanks to everyone who attended and supported the evening!

Here’s the full list of awards and prizes:

‘Black and White Forever’ – The Joseph Cowen Award

for an admired Journalist

Sponsored by Newcastle United FC

Winner: Brian Nicholls


‘The Great Illuminator’ – The Joseph Swan Award

For the person who keeps coming up with those lightbulb moments

Sponsored by The Leighton Group

Winner: Richard Evans


‘Lets off a lot of Steam’ – The George Stephenson Award

For someone who makes a lot of noise about the region

Sponsored by The Journal

Winner: John Grundy


‘Does a lot of Heavy Lifting’ – The Sir William Armstrong Hydraulic Crane Award

For the person who works hard for the North East

Sponsored by North East Chamber of Commerce

Winner: Ralph Saelzer


‘A Real Tonic’ – The William Owen Lucozade Award

For the person who always makes us feel good and peps us up

Sponsored by Newcastle College

Winner: Fiona O’Connor


‘Turbo Charged We Have The Power’ – The Charles Parsons Award

For an innovator in today’s energy world

Sponsored by The Percy Hedley Foundation

Winner: Dr Colin Herron


‘We Built This City’ – The Richard Grainger Award

For someone who has built a reputation in the field of the built environment

Sponsored by NE1

Winner: Mark Thompson


‘I Can See Clearly Now’ – The Gladstone Evans Windscreen Wiper Award

For the person who helps us map out a clear way ahead for the region

Sponsored by Gateshead College

Winner: BBC Newcastle and ITV Tyne Tees


‘Aal the Smiling Faces’ – The Geordie Ridley Award

(in memory of the late Brendan Healy)

Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Ltd

Winner: Ivan Jepson


Business Giving Something Back’ – The Pease Award

(in memory of the late Brian Manning, Esh Group)

For philanthropy in business 

Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Ltd

Winner: Hugh Welch


‘Towering Above Them All’ – The Earl Grey Award

The Alternative Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Ltd

Winner: Barbara Gubbins

A full gallery of photos will appear on the website soon.

Get your Christmas Puddings and support the Foundation!

Get your Ultimate Christmas Pudding!

Yes – It’s that time of year again!

With Christmas in little over 81 days and counting, have you thought about how you’re going to fill those stockings this year? Indulge yourself this holiday season with the Foundation’s Ultimate Christmas Puddings.

With a luxurious array of mouth-watering flavours to choose from such as sticky toffee, luscious lemon, and a return of the triple chocolate pudding to add, there’s plenty to spoil yourself and your family this December time.

In addition to our selection of scrumptious sponge, and Christmas puddings, we also have an assortment of indulgent sauces and butter jars, including brandy butter and luxury chocolate sauce.

If these treats are going to tickle your taste buds this holiday season, you will need to make your order using the attached order form are made by no later than 3rd November 2017. Please send all forms to Robin Murray at Robin can also be contacted on 0191 281 5821 ext 2254

Order Form and Ingredients

All proceeds will help to support the charity and its amazing work.

Please feel free to share this with your families and friends.

Media project receives funding boost from Karten Network

We are delighted to announce that the Karten Network has awarded Hedleys Karten Media Suite funding of £25,000 to buy new equipment.

The media project has been part of the Foundation’s adult day services for 9 years and provides opportunities for disabled people to get involved in multi-media activities.

Hedleys Karten Media offers people a wide range of multi-media training in high-end digital photography, digital and stop frame animation, web design, video streaming, interactive music, pod casting and film production.

The £25,000 will be used to help purchase new equipment and make existing equipment more accessible, flexible and user friendly.

The acquisition of this equipment will lead to increased sensory, physical and social benefits for the people accessing Hedleys Karten Media.

Mary Gallen, Support Manager at Hedleys Able 2, said: “We are very grateful for all the support we have received from the Karten Network and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Trustee Angela scoops NE Charity Award!

We are absolutely delighted that trustee Angela Curran from Burnetts Solicitors has won the Outstanding Individual Contribution to Charity award at the 2017 North East Charity Awards!

Angela is a fantastic supporter and ambassador for the Foundation. As well as trustee, she is chair of Governors at Percy Hedley School and Northern Counties School and has served on the board of Governors for Hedleys College.

She has been on the Mistletoe Ball committee, which has raised over £400,000 for the foundation in total, and has volunteered many times in our Great North Run tent.

Most recently she led a team from Burnetts to raise over £21,000 in our Challenge 500 – the most raised by a team in the corporate challenge’s history!

Congratulations Angela – we are lucky to have your amazing support and you are a thoroughly deserved winner.

The Foundation is delighted to have received £7,500 from the Lord’s Taverners to fund a new outdoor gym at Hedleys College.

The award has come at just the right time for the college, which moved from two sites to one combined site at Forest Hall at the start of the new term.

The project will see the installation of an outdoor gym ‘Bodyweight System’ for students which will include a hand bike, ab bench, recumbent bike, arm cycle and spinning bike.

The equipment will be placed in an easily accessible recreational area for use during lunchtime and breaks and will support them to regulate their sensory needs.

Use of the outdoor gym will make a difference to the overall health and wellbeing of each student and we are delighted to have received funding from Lord’s Taverners to make this possible.

Foundation receives grant of £15,000 from the Freemasons

The Percy Hedley Foundation is to receive a £15,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote.

The charity was one of six to be nominated by Freemasons in Northumberland, with local people voting to decide the level of their Award. They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing £3 million to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

The Foundation plans to use the grant to develop a forest school at Northern Counties School in Jesmond, which provides education for over 90 children with a hearing impairment or visual impairment, profound and multiple learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder.

The outdoor space will provide a unique learning environment which will enable children to develop their self-confidence, language and physical skills and help relieve stress and anxiety.

Jo Allen, Head of Northern Counties School, said: “It will be marvellous to have a dedicated forest school area to teach our students in a new and exciting way that adds to their personal development and learning.

“The grant of £15,000 which we have been awarded following the public vote is hugely important. We are very grateful to all of our friends who took the trouble to support us.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends.  It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

Brian Wood from Northumberland Freemasons said: “We are delighted so many people voted in Northumberland. The Percy Hedley Foundation was one of 6 charities nominated by local Freemasons and I know they will use their £15,000 grant to continue with their outstanding work.”

Gallery: Great North Run 2018

Thanks to our team of 103 runners who took on the Great North Run 2017 in aid of the Foundation.

We had another fab day in South Shields, welcoming runners back and looking after them in our charity tent at the finish line.

It was great to meet so many of you and listen to your stories about why you chose to run for The Percy Hedley Foundation.

We are so grateful to each and every one of you for your amazing fundraising efforts – it will help us continue our work to improve the lives of disabled children, young people and adults in the North East.

**If you would like to be one of the first to find out when our places for the 2018 Great North Run become available please email Maria on**