Doing good things in the North East, our charity round-up...


The Biscuit Factory is doubling its Young Artist Award prize money, with shortlisted entries also headlining its spring programme for the very first time.

The Contemporary Young Artist Award created by The Biscuit Factory Foundation – the charitable arm of the Biscuit Factory – provides artists aged 35 and under with a commercial platform to showcase their work. Along with the opportunity for a solo show at the Newcastle gallery, the winner will now be awarded £2,000 within the overall prize package.

The gallery’s in-house curatorial team will choose the winner, with the public also given the opportunity to vote for their favourite.



Rockliffe Hall has pledged its support to hospitality charity, Room to Reward. The hotel will donate unsold rooms to the scheme to allow charities and community groups to give ‘thank you’ breaks to their inspirational volunteers.

Founded in 2015, Room to Reward now partners with over 500 hotels across the UK. More than £500,000 worth of breaks have been donated to over 1,000 volunteers, nominated by their charities and communities.

The charity aims to have donated over £1million worth of breaks by the end of this year.



In March, The Royal Air Forces Association – a charity supporting the welfare of the RAF family – invited veterans and families for mental wellbeing training in Newcastle.

The ‘Finding It Tough?’ initiative was specially designed to equip serving veterans and family members with the key skills to help people to become more resilient to life’s pressures.

Air Marshal, Sir Baz North, President of the RAF Association, said: “The continuing stigma around mental wellbeing issues is something which must be addressed in all walks of life. The free courses are a vital step towards this.”



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