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A charity of the year (COTY) partnership can have a long-lasting impact on your business as well as our charity.

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Charity of the Year is an opportunity to unite your staff behind an inspiring cause and to demonstrate your company’s commitment to making a difference in your community.

We want to build a relationship with your company that delivers opportunities, fun, excitement and passion. From skydiving to volunteering, servicing our vehicles to donating a percentage of sales, we would love to discuss the many ways we can work together and help deliver amazing experiences for the 650 families we support every week.

COTY partnerships don’t have to last just one year, you can partner with us for however many years as you like, meaning you can contribute to your local community for years to come, while also helping ensure Percy Hedley continues to provide support, care, and education for disabled people and children across the North East.

What You Gain

Staff Engagement

Engaging your staff with our great cause and boost employee engagement and cross-team working through fun and inspiring events.

Make A Difference

Contributing to an important organisation within the North East community. Come and visit us to see the difference you can make to the lives of disabled people and children.

Skills and Experience

Opportunities to boost staff experience and skills beyond what the workplace could offer.

Gain Expert Advice

We’ll provide expert fundraising support and advice, as well as fundraising resources if you need them.

Corporate Responsibility

It's a great way to reach your corporate responsibility goals whilst helping an amazing local disability charity.

Get Your Business Known

We’ll share your logo and company details on our website, as well as your efforts across our social media channels. We want to shout from the rooftops about how much you’ll help us. There's also a potential for local and national PR.

What You Can Do

Host Work Events

You can host fundraising events, from cake sales to sports days, or if you’re brave… sky diving, trekking and 24-hour challenges! Even things like encouraging employees to take part in Dry January or Movember.

Volunteer With Us

You can volunteer directly with the people you’re helping, whether it’s set days like the Great North Run, regularly or even help with gardening or painting, it is all appreciated.

Come To Our Events

We can invite you to Percy Hedley events and fun days out within our network, such as The Great North Run, Great North Swim or Great North 5k, or Christmas Fayres and Summer Fayres.

Provide A Service

You can provide services and support, such as helping to decorate a space, litter picking, or a clean-up day


You could always donate a percentage of sales to our charity, or you can do raffles, quiz nights, games nights, or sweepstakes to raise money.

Why Support Percy Hedley

There are so many reasons why your business could benefit from a partnership with The Percy Hedley Foundation.

The Percy Hedley Foundation has two schools, a college, adult day services and a number of residential homes that are based across the North East. We have a strong and proud North East heritage having been here for almost 70 years, caring for North East people and their families. The Percy Hedley Foundation is the largest disability charity in the North East with a solid and very well known reputation.

The best partnerships are the ones that we build through clear communications, finding synergies and supporting you to achieve your business objectives. Let your philanthropy support your business while at the same time enhancing the lives of disabled people.

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Celebrate Our 70th Birthday

From a school with only 12 pupils in 1953, the Foundation now supports 650 members and their families every week, supported by over 1100 staff. We’d love it, if as many businesses as possibly chose our amazing charity for their 2023 Charity of the Year.

Our vision is ‘Inspire, Believe, Achieve’ and you can do just that by joining us in some amazing events, fundraising and promotions throughout 2023, raising thousands to help us continue to enhance the lives of disabled children, young people, and adults across the North East.


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By choosing to partner with The Percy Hedley Foundation you will change the lives of adults and children in the North East.

How you would like to build your partnership with Percy Hedley is entirely up to you! We would like to work closely with you to maximise the benefits of the partnership for your business and staff members to ensure you get the most out of your commitment to us. We have a dedicated team of fundraising and communications professionals who will work with you to develop a plan that is most fitting for your business objectives.

Interested in becoming a Charity of the Year

Fill in the form below for a call to discuss some of the amazing and fun opportunities that partnering with The Percy Hedley Foundation could lead to: