To coincide with the Rugby World Cup the popular event was taken on tour from its usual home at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham to the specially erected Fan Zone marquee at Newcastle’s Science Central.

There visitors enjoyed performances by multi award-winning comedian Al Murray, Motown legends Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the world’s leading bagpipe band, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Celtic party acts Dublin Raiders and the JJ Galway Band.

The event, organised by Ramside Estates, also included a champagne reception, oyster stalls and a three course fruit de mer dinner, prepared by the expert chefs at Ramside Event Catering.


Newcastle’s Discovery Museum is to be transformed into a wonderland for an Alice themed ball to help North East Headway, supporting people who suffer from brain injuries. The best-loved children’s story is the inspiration behind this year’s fundraising event, WonderLAN Ball.

The spectacular evening will be raising funds for Headway’s ‘Look Ahead’ (LAN) weekend, an initiative that takes members for a weekend filled with activities and entertainment. A fun fundraising event for everyone to get involved in.


CEOs, senior managers and business leaders from all industries in the region are being urged to give up the comfort of their bed for one night to camp out at the famous Newcastle United Stadium, St James’ Park, for charity. CEO Sleepout Newcastle, taking place on 3rd March 2016, will raise money for charities tackling poverty and homelessness in the North East.

This is the third year CEO Sleepout Newcastle will be taking place and it hopes to raise over £50,000 for charities Changing Lives and The Newcastle United Football Foundation, who all help people, young and old in the region.

Willing sleepout participants should book their place by emailing to receive the registration pack. All participants must individually fundraise £1,000 or more either before the event or in the following weeks post-event. Full details are available to view at

Hospice date

Kick off the festivities for a great cause this November at Linden Hall’s Joy of Christmas Fair. Visitors can bag themselves some unique Christmas gift ideas, indulge in some delicious refreshments and browse the array of exciting stalls on offer. There’s something for everyone at this fun and festive event.


Alan Shearer showcased his golfing ability at Close House where his fifth annual golf day raised an amazing £44,000 for The Alan Shearer Foundation. The evening saw golfers take part in a charity auction which included the chance to win a 2015 Masters flag signed by this year’s winner Jordan Spieth.

Also auctioned at the event was one night’s stay at the exclusive Archerfield Mansion House in Scotland including dinner and a round of golf. Hospitality tickets for England v Ireland in the rugby world cup and club level tickets for the Arsenal v Sunderland game at the Emirates Stadium were also included in the auction lots which helped reach the fundraising total.

“The golf day has been a great success and the support for the Foundation is brilliant, some golfers have travelled from as far as London to be here today,” said Alan. “All the money raised from the golf event goes to the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle which allows it to provide free specialist services and facilities for disabled children and adults.”

The footballing pundit just missed out on a win however, with the A-belco team taking home the golf day trophy. The funds raised are used by the North East charity St Cuthberts Care, which runs the Alan Shearer Centre, to support people with profound disabilities and complex needs.


Benfield Motor Group are set to put the Christmas spirit into gear at this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust concert. The region’s leading motor group gives the best gift of all as they provide support for the popular event. Bringing together a wealth of stars to help raise funds for the cancer charity, the festive event will take place at St Nicholas Cathedral.

Performers include the Tyneside based teenage youth choir, The Swing Bridge Singers and a selection of choirs and festive readers.


More than 400 people helped Teesside’s biggest annual charity dinner raise £38,000 for local good causes. Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s Annual Dinner at Wynyard Hall Marquee was hailed “a massive success” by the charity’s founder and chairman Andy Preston.

Hosted by Middlesbrough FC PA announcer Mark Page, the fundraiser featured performances by Stockton’s X-Factor star Kerrianne Covell and local band Storm. Middlesbrough’s three-times Olympian Chris Tomlinson talked about the Foundation’s new FAST Fund to help talented local sportspeople fulfil their potential. Two auctions raised £19,000, with two winning bidders each getting a week-long stay in a luxury Mallorcan villa for £5,000 each, while a dining experience for 10 at Rudby Hall raised £1,200.

Andy said: “Our Annual Dinner has now become a highlight in the Teesside calendar for dozens of local people and businesses. We’re grateful for the generous support of all who supported the event in any way.

“We’re all conscious of the fact that the steelworks issues are impacting on local families and businesses. Events like this can play a small role in spreading a bit of fairness and goodwill, whilst helping to create a few opportunities for local people too.

“Certainly, we promise every penny will be distributed amongst those who need it most here on Teesside.” Headline Sponsors for the event were Active Chartered Financial Planners, while Co-Sponsors were their fellow Stockton firm Endeavour Partnership.

Set up four years ago, the Philanthropic Foundation recently hit the £1 million fundraising milestone before receiving a further £700,000 boost from an anonymous benefactor.

The Foundation’s next fundraiser is a Ladies’ Lunch at the Middlesbrough Hotel (formerly the Thistle) on Thursday, 19 November. Tickets, £30 each by calling 07948 191046 or emailing