Generous Teessiders raised close to £3,000 in a special fundraising event organised alongside the inaugural Tees Tech Awards.
Resolution Media and Publishing – the team behind Tees Business – opened a JustGiving page to raise money for the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
The fundraising page was launched in lieu of envelope collections that would normally have been organised for the ‘real’ Tees Tech Awards, in association with DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital, which were due to be held at Wynyard Hall, before the organisers had to take it online.
And thanks to a number of substantial donations from Tees companies and individuals, Tees Business smashed their target of raising £2,000 by reaching £2,350 – with Gift Aid bumping the total figure up to £2,820.
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.
The cash raised should fund at least 10 of these trips, and Resolution director Dave Allan said: “We’re thrilled to have raised as much as we did from a virtual event, because it’s a lot easier asking people to donate money in person – it’s far more challenging online!
“But, true to form, the Teesside business family pulled together and helped us smash our target, so we’re naturally delighted.”
The Teesside Philanthropic Foundation is a registered charity, set up by Teessiders for Teessiders, and helps businesses and individuals join together to make Middlesbrough and Teesside better places in which to live, work and do business.
The charity has raised more than £3m since it was launched in 2011 and continues to fight for some of the most disadvantaged Teessiders and deserving local causes.
Resolution are long-standing supporters of the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and founding members of its Infant Hercules membership club.
The publishers have also previously raised more than £4,000 in total for Ovarian Cancer Awareness and the Halo Project from their Tees Businesswomen Awards events.
This latest effort takes their total fundraising from their last three events to more than £7,000.
Resolution director Martin Walker added: “We love organising events, but it’s even better when we can generate funds for local causes like this.
“The Tees Tech Awards was a huge celebration of our region’s digital and tech sector, but to see everyone pull together and raise all this money is just fantastic.”
Resolution were able to reach their target thanks to a £200 donation from Racz Group CEO Mike Racz, who’s also a patron of the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
Mike said: “This is was a fantastic fundraising effort by everyone involved in what was my first experience of virtual awards.
“Well done to Tees Business for organising this in aid of some of the most disadvantaged Teesside families.”
As well as Mike’s donation, Visualsoft CEO Dean Benson made a substantial contribution which helped the JustGiving page reach its original £2,000 target.
Other donations came from Tascomp, Mabo, Malcolm Knott of ITS, Wander Films, Bev Goodall of AbacusBean, Emily Bentley, Dave Hawkins, Chris Bricknell, Jane Armitage, Ian Cornwell, Helen Stewart and Ben Doherty.