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Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD

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The North East Charity Awards are returning with our usual live gala dinner that has become a highlight of the North East's events calendar


We are looking forward to celebrating and recognising the work of our North East charities and social enterprises, together with the businesses and individuals that support them. They deserve it – now more than ever.

Building on the huge success of the last six years of these high-profile awards, we’re awarding winners across all ten of the usual award categories, plus an additional new category, in a special Awards Evening to be held on 20th October 2021 at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.

The Awards are designed to recognise the hard work and innovative thinking by our local charities and individual fundraisers, increase awareness of our 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.


Entries for the 2021 Awards have now closed


Follow us on social media:

Twitter – @NECharityAwards

Instagram – necharityawards

Facebook – @NECharityAwards

LinkedIn – North East Charity Awards



Interested in sponsoring the Charity Awards 2021?  Take a look at this show reel from our last live event which includes interviews with some of the 2019 awards sponsors…

The Event

Nominations Open
Wed 4 Aug
Nominations Close
Tue 31 Aug
Wed 15 Sep
Awards Evening
Wed 20 Oct

The Awards 


Wednesday 20 October 2021



Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham



A warm welcome from 6.30pm

Awards and gala dinner through to approx 10.30pm


Dress Code:

Black Tie / Cocktail Attire


To book a table to attend the awards, please click on ‘GET TICKETS’ tab above, or email  

Charity Rate:
Table of 10 – £425
Ticket – £48

Corporate Rate:
Table of 10 – £780
Ticket – £85

(All prices are subject to VAT)

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We’d like you to tell us your story... Below is a full list of the categories for 2021 together with a brief description on each award and some helpful tips on what the judging panel may be looking for. You’ll see that some categories are specifically focused towards the corporate sector, and the others are more charity focused. The judges have many entries to read so make your nomination concise - keep your answers as short as possible but make sure you get all your relevant points in! And remember, you can either nominate others or nominate yourselves for these awards.

Outstanding Charity Support – by large companies

Outstanding Charity Support – by small to medium-sized companies

Corporate Charity Ambassador of the Year

Uniquely North East

Outstanding Social Enterprise

Charity Leader of the Year

Outstanding Contribution to Social Change

Charity Champion of the Year

Young Charity Champion of the Year

Small Charity of the Year

North East Charity of the Year

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The Judges

Our judging panel is made up of key representatives from the North East corporate and voluntary sectors.  The panel will meet to discuss all the entries and then have the hard task of deciding on their top three contenders for each award category.  

Jeffrey Ball

Brewin Dolphin

Lisa Cappleman

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Nitin Shukla

Connected Voice

Prof Sir Alan Craft

Emeritus Professor of Child Health at Newcastle University

Michelle Cooper

County Durham Community Foundation

Hugh McGouran

Tees Valley Community Foundation

Kate Welch OBE DL


Sir Paul Ennals


Jo Curry OBE

Sir James Knott Trust

Contact Us

For more information on the Awards, please contact Lesley Hampson on the contact details below. You can also follow the awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #NECharityAwards

Lesley Hampson
Regional Event Manager - NE
Paige Jackson
Events Executive - West Midlands, North West, North East & Humber