Posted on 6th September 2007

Unsung Heroes of Region's Charity Sector to be Celebrated

Nominations are being sought to recognise the unsung heroes of the County Durham and Tees Valley charity sector. The inaugural County Durham and Tees Valley Charity Awards, promoted and sponsored by Hartlepool accountants Howarth Clark Whitehill and Darlington law firm Latimer Hinks, aim to celebrate the individual volunteers and fundraisers who give their time and energy to local charities. The work of the charities, within the TS, DL, DH, SR and YO postcode areas, will also be acknowledged. The awards ceremony will be held at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield on November 1st. Heather ODriscoll, charity audit partner at Horwath Clark Whitehill said: The aim of the awards is to celebrate and acknowledge the fantastic work carried out by charity organisations and individuals across the Tees Valley, South Durham and North Yorkshire. We hope that people across the region will nominate both their favourite charity and the inspiring people who work selflessly behind the scenes. There are an amazing number of people in the region involved in the charity sector, from fundraisers and charity workers through to volunteers and business supporters and it is for these people the awards are intending to gain recognition. Partner at Latimer Hinks, Anne Elliott said: We value our links with the local community and we welcome the opportunity to be associated with the very first Durham Tees Valley Charity Awards. We are all keenly aware of the grass roots work that is being carried out in communities across the region by local charities often operating under severe financial constraints and with little recognition. These awards are an opportunity to promote the regions vibrant third sector, and so we would encourage local charities to consider making an application for these awards as the old saying goes, youve got to be in it to win it! Other sponsors include Wise Speke, Hartlepool Housing, Lloyds TSB and Southern Cross Healthcare. Anyone wishing to complete a nomination form should email caroline.walker@recognitionpr.co.uk or call 01325 363436. Full details are on the website www.durhamteesvalleycharityawards.co.uk 1. Charity Volunteer of the year The nominations should not include merely fundraising but for time and effort put into assisting a charity in its objectives in either frontline or back office functions. Nominations should include a description of the work involved and the importance of it to the charity concerned. 2. Charity Fundraiser of the Year The nominations should include a description of the work and funds involved and with particular emphasis on the importance of it to the charity concerned. 3. Business Supporter of the Year The nominations should explain what the business supporter has contributed that marks the business out as special in that charitys experience. 4. Health and Welfare (inc Elderly) Charities The nominations should explain what the charity has achieved that marks it out as special in its particular sector. It should include a copy of its annual report accounts and any other appropriate documentation to support its nomination. 5. Young Persons Charities The nominations should explain what the charity has achieved that marks it out as special in its particular sector. It should include a copy of its annual report accounts and any other appropriate documentation to support its nomination. 6. Education Training Charities The nominations should explain what the charity has achieved that marks it out as special in its particular sector. It should include a copy of its annual report accounts and any other appropriate documentation to support its nomination. 7. Housing Charities The nominations should explain what the charity has achieved that marks it out as special in its particular sector. It should include a copy of its annual report accounts and any other appropriate documentation to support its nomination. 8. Local Branch of a National Charity The nominations should explain what the branch has achieved that marks it out as special in its particular sector. It should ideally include a statement from the branches National HQ as to why the branch is worthy of nomination, with special mention of its activities, fundraising and volunteer work for the charities objectives. Durham and Tees Valley Charity of the Year. The winners of categories 4 8 will be entered into this award.