North East Charity Awards 2015

VONNE has partnered with The Journal and The Gazette to launch the North East Charity Awards 2015.

The North East Charity Awards 2015 are designed to recognise the hard work and innovative thinking by our local charities and individual fundraisers, whilst also celebrating the support of local businesses and employees who help raise vital funds to support the work of our charities.

The winners were announced at a glittering ceremony on 8th October 2015 at the Gosforth Marriott Hotel in Newcastle with over 400 guests attending.

You can also see the winners photographs on our Facebook page.




The VONNE Award for Uniquely North East


Children's Heart Unit Fund

Equal Arts


Outstanding Social Enterprise

Special iApps - WINNER

Allendale Creative Artists CIC

Food Nation


The VONNE Award for Charity Leader of the Year, sponsored by Charity Bank

Lesley Spuhler, Foundation of Light - WINNER

Hazel Hedley, Impact Family Services

Dr Richard Kirk, Children's Heart Unit Fund


Charity Campaign of the Year

Impact Family Services - WINNER

EVA Women’s Aid

Heart of a Thousand Crystals (Intu Metrocentre/CHUF)


Champion Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Banks Group

Cath McNicol - WINNER

Donald Mackay

Pat Sweet


Young Charity Champion of the Year, sponsored by Blueline Taxis

Kate & Rachel Hooley - WINNERS

Lewis Dempsey

Ben Johnson


Outstanding Charity Support - Large Companies

Newcastle Building Society - WINNER




Outstanding Charity Support - Small to Med Companies

Paul J Watson Solicitors - WINNER

First Class Supply

Sintons LLP


The Leathers LLP Award for Individual Charity Supporter of the Year

Sarah Richardson, Banks Group - WINNER

Trevor Hanover, Hanover Dairies Ltd

Sheena Stephenson, Lifeline Community Action


Special Commendation

Northern Rock Foundation


Charity of the Year - Judges Pick