Digitees can help struggling families tech a break

Those watching Thursday night’s long-awaited Tees Tech Awards on YouTube will be asked to help raise funds to support some of Teesside’s poorest children.

While 11 gongs will be handed out – virtually – to the great and the good of the region’s digital sector, organisers Tees Business also aim to do some good for society too.

All funds raised via a Just Giving page will be donated to popular local charity Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

Every penny raised will be donated towards sending some of Teesside’s most disadvantaged children and their families for a short break in the Foundation’s three holiday homes on a caravan site at Reighton Sands, near Filey.

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The charity works with local schools and other organisations to identify deserving local families to go on short breaks that would otherwise be beyond their means.

Their latest caravan, which has been specially adapted for those with physical disabilities, was donated to the Foundation by the Finlay Cooper Fund, a charity set up by former Middlesbrough footballer Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of the son they in tragic circumstances shortly before his second birthday.

Tees Business, who also donate £1,000 a year to the charity as members of the Foundation’s Infant Hercules Charity Club, have agreed to kick off Thursday’s fundraising with a donation of £100.

“In normal circumstances, we’d have been asking those attending the awards event to slip a £10 note or more into an envelope,” said Tees Business executive editor Dave Allan.

“But we didn’t want the charity to suffer just because we’ve been forced to make the awards virtual.”

Martin Walker, Dave’s fellow executive editor, added: “We hope sponsors, shortlisted and interested onlookers will play their part in helping us boost the Philanthropic Foundation’s funds and enabling some struggling Teesside families to get a much-needed break away from the challenges of the daily grind.”

Donations can be made at any time on the night or afterwards – but they can also be made now at justgiving.com/teestechawards.

The inaugural Tees Tech Awards are due to be streamed on YouTube from 7pm on Thursday: Click here to see the link.