Posted on 22nd July 2008

Last Years' Winner Praises County Durham Tees Valley Charity Awards

The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Middlesbrough was named Charity of the Year at the 2007 ceremony.

Mike Horsley, Development Manger at The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, said: I was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Middlesbrough. To be recognised meant the world to the staff and the volunteers at the centre who work tirelessly every day to help those suffering from MS and their carers.

Winning the award can also bring great financial benefits to the charity and we estimate that the Multiple Sclerosis Centre has received donations in the region of 10,000 as a consequence of winning the award. It takes a lot of money to keep the centre running and this funding and recognition is invaluable in enabling us to continue helping those with MS.

I would definitely encourage other organisations to nominate either their charity or individual volunteers or fund-raisers. There are so many unsung heroes in our sector and it is fantastic that the achievements of some are highlighted in this way.

The awards, promoted and sponsored by Hartlepool accountants Howarth Clark Whitehill and Darlington law firm Latimer Hinks, aim to celebrate the individual volunteers, fundraisers and businesses who give their time and energy to local charities as well as the charities themselves. Nominees must be within the TS, DL, DH, SR and YO postcode regions.

Following the success of last years inaugural event, the 2008 ceremony will be held at Middlesbrough Football Club on 2nd October.

Partner at Latimer Hinks, Anne Elliott 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 vibrant third sector.

Local charity work often involves operating under severe financial constraints and with little recognition. Being nominated for an award can help to increase the profile of a charity, large or small. We would encourage as many people and organisations as possible to consider making an application for these awards as the old saying goes, youve got to be in it to win it!

Peter Olsen, partner at Horwath Clark Whitehill said: We were very pleased with the success of the last years awards, and aim to continue to celebrate the fantastic work carried out by charity organisations and individuals across the Tees Valley, South Durham and North Yorkshire areas.

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 intended. We hope that people across the region will nominate both their favourite charity and the inspiring people who work selflessly behind the scenes.