Action Foundation has been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s North East Charity Awards, with CEO Julian Prior in the line-up for Charity Leader of the Year and the Foundation itself in the final three for Charity of the Year.

The North East Charity Awards have been going for four years and celebrate the hard work and creative thinking by  local charities and individual fundraisers, increase awareness of local charities, celebrate those who work tirelessly to support the many good causes in our region and also celebrate the local businesses and individuals who help support the work of our charities.

Action Foundation’s CEO Julian Prior said he was deeply honoured and delighted to be shortlisted in the final three for both categories:  “There are so many great charities in the North East doing amazing work in very challenging circumstances that to be recognized in this way is very humbling. I am so very proud of all that we have achieved in the ten years that Action Foundation has been supporting refugees which has only been possible with the support of so many fantastic staff and volunteers.”

North East Charity Awards Shortlist

A total of 11 awards will be presented during a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on October 17th. Entertainment on the night will come from the brilliant North East stand-up comedian Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent but who is also a regular on the North East stand-up scene.

Last year, St Oswald’s Hospice, in Newcastle, was named the region’s charity of the year, with other winners including AkzoNobel Ashington, YMCA North Tyneside and Catrina McHugh, co-founder of Open Clasp theatre group.

Click here to see this year’s shortlist 

The North East Charity Awards categories

  • Outstanding Charity Support by Large Companies, sponsored by Northumbria CRC
  • Outstanding Charity Support by Small to Medium Companies
  • Corporate Charity Ambassador of the Year
  • Uniquely North East Award
  • Outstanding Social Enterprise
  • Charity Leader of the Year, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin
  • Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Banks Group
  • Young Charity Champion of the Year, sponsored by Stagecoach
  • Small Charity of the Year
  • North East Charity of the Year, sponsored by Leathers the Accountants

The awards are held in association with Brewin Dolphin with category sponsors including Leathers the Accountants, Banks Group, Northumberland CRC and Stagecoach.

The judging panel for this year’s awards:

  • Jeffrey Ball – Brewin Dolphin
  • Stephen Bell – Changing Lives
  • Carol Botten – Vonne
  • Des Bustard – formerly of Percy Hedley Foundation
  • Lisa Cappleman – Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Prof Sir Alan Craft – Emeritus Professor of Child Health at Newcastle University
  • Kate Edwards – key role in the founding and development of Seven Stories
  • Steve Harper – Ex Newcastle Utd player
  • Michael Leather – Leathers the Accountants
  • Hugh McGouran – Tees Valley Community Foundation
  • Margaret Vaughan – County Durham Community Foundation
  • Kate Welch –  Social Enterprise Acumen CIC in Durham
  • Sally Young – Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service