So Chuffed

The company – which operates in the leisure, care and property sectors – also used the event to raise funds for their chosen charity for 2015, CHUF (Children’s Heart Unit Fund) at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, raising an impressive £11,742 on the night.

Guests attending the event at Jesmond Dene House, heard  speeches from Sir Len Fenwick OBE, the Chief Executive of Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, Prof David Deehan, Honorary Clinical Professor with the University of Newcastle, North East Agent for the Bank of England, Mauricio Armellini and from Meenu Malhotra, Chairman of the Malhotra Group.

Lobster tales

The 10th annual Lobster Charity Ball, organised by Ramside Estate, raised more than £33,600 for Stockton-based Daisy Chain, which supports young people on the autistic spectrum, and their families.

The black tie event at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, was attended by more than 900 people, with guests enjoying an evening of live music, fine dining and fundraising, including a performance by soul sensation Jocelyn Brown.

Since its launch in 2006, the Lobster Charity Ball has raised more than £250,000 for the region’s good causes, including £50,000 for Daisy Chain in 2013 and 2014.

Cakes for a cause

Jacksons Law Firm is organising “The Butterwick Bake Off” in aid of Butterwick Hospice Care. Jacksons, a corporate partner of the hospice, has arranged an inter-company baking competition, including the notorious “showstopper”, where companies will make a cake which says something about their business. Over 20 local businesses have taken up the challenge.

The entries will be judged at a finale in the magnificent setting of the Grand Marquee at Wynyard Hall on June 4th by a panel of celebrity judges include Pam Royle of ITV News, Eugene McCoy of The Crathorne Arms.  In addition to the judging, the finale event will include music from Vivo Swing Orchestra from the Sage, Gateshead, an afternoon tea, stalls and cookery demonstration.

Tickets cost £20 and can be bought from Jacksons by telephoning 01642 356500 or sending an email to

Big hearts for Bobby

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation celebrated its seventh fund-raising year with the announcement of a new fundraising total of £8 million. The ongoing success of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is testament to the tremendous fundraising efforts to support it, the work it funds and the enduring appeal of the man who founded it.

Lady Elsie says: “We’re absolutely thrilled by this new fundraising total.  It’s incredible really.  We had no idea how well-supported we would be when we launched in 2008.  Bob would be stunned.

“He was so proud of this charity and the work that it funds.  And we’re so proud that we are able to continue the work we all began together to help other people facing cancer.”

 Most recently, the Foundation helped fund a combination of cutting edge radiotherapy technology, which was previously only available in London and is now at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital. 

 The stereotactic radiotherapy system uses detailed scans and computerised 4D treatment planning to treat cancer and deliver radiation with tremendous accuracy. 

To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information  visit or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Charitable Funds Office, Peacock Hall, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP

Dragon’s Den

Rotary clubs across the North East are hoping that a fiery fund-raising initiative will be a roaring success.  This September the region will be hosting a major Dragon Boat Race and teams are now being sought to take part in what promises to be an exciting challenge.

The event on September 5, which is taking place at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole, will challenge teams of 20 to beat the clock for the chance to compete in a final race  and win a number of prizes, along with raising money for their chosen charity. or contact Peter Calvert via or by ringing 0191 528 5446

Bowled Over

Durham’s Big Birthday Blast celebrates the 20th birthdays of Durham County Cricket Club (DCCC) and County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF).

It’s happening at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground on August 16, twenty years since the first ball was bowled at the ground. The event will see the Lashings cricket team, a team made up of a number of international cricketers, play a T20 cricket match that will help introduce the sport to new audiences, as well as interval entertainment from Peppa Pig and SpongeBob SquarePants, food and drink from local producers and a range of fun day activities, including soft play, face painting and other celebrity guests.

The event is part of the club’s First Class Futures (FCF) initiative that hopes to raise enough funds to develop a nursery training ground beside the EDICG to benefit young cricketers across the region.