At an emotional awards ceremony held at Middlesbrough Football Club, the County Durham and Tees Valley Charity Awards have recognised three Darlington charities for their outstanding work.
The awards now in their second year, promoted and sponsored by Latimer Hinks and Horwath CLark Whitehillaim to celebrate the individual volunteers, fundraisers and businesses who give their time and energy to local charities as well as the charities themselves. Nominees had to be within the TS, DL, DH, SR and YO postcode regions.Category sponsors included Southern Cross Health Care, Dickinson Dees, Housing Hartlepool, and Brewin Dolphin.
Darlington Association on Disability (DAD) received the award for Disability Charity of the Year. The charity is celebrating 21 years of bringing disabled people together and providing personal support through volunteers. DAD currently delivers 10 different projects, from five locations in Darlington and is supporting over 3000 people in the area.
Darlington Building Society won the Business Supporter of the Year award, for its work with a variety of local charities including four of the regions hospices. The Society also supports the Race for Life and the Great North Air Ambulance. They donate not only money but also time, and staff are encouraged to get involved in local volunteering and fundraising.
The National Animal Sanctuaries Support League (NASSL) was honoured with the Animal Charity of the Year award. The founder of the charity, Pauline Wilson dedicates all her time to caring for over 80 cats and dogs, and raising funds to cover costs of vets and food bills. Ultimately NASSL aims to re-home as many pets as it can, in loving homes.
Anne Elliott, partner at Darlington law firm Latimer Hinks, said: We are proud to be a part of the awards for the second year, and to support and acknowledge the work of the regions charities. This work involves giving up a lot of time and energy and often not getting any recognition. These three Darlington charities have all worked really hard and have made a real difference to the local community in many ways.Other Winners include: