Awards raised profile of our charity, says charity winner

The chief executive officer of a local charity has spoken about the light which the Tees Businesswomen Awards have shone on her organisation – and urged other women to get nominating ahead of the deadline of November 27.

Ruth Fox from Redcar-based Footsteps in the Community, which provides essential services to address isolation and poverty in the Redcar area, was “gobsmacked” when the organisation received the best Charity/Voluntary Award at last year’s event, citing it as giving her the confidence to make decisions she may not have previously made.

“To win was such a boost,” said Ruth.

“The profile of the charity has definitely risen and it was wonderful to hear the supportive comments from trustees and volunteers, not to mention the positive comments from followers on social media.”

Though Ruth has no idea who nominated her for the award, she is grateful that they did.

“No one has owned up to it, but they did us a huge favour,” she laughed.

In these difficult times, when charities such as Footprints in the Community are needed more than ever, Ruth sees this year’s awards as delivering a much needed morale boost.

“We all need something to look forward to,” she said. “We’ve had the usual events we cherish – holidays, birthdays, perhaps even Christmas – taken away from us due to the pandemic, so the awards offer a glimmer of light – a hope for the future.”

For further information on sponsoring the remaining Charity/Voluntary category in the Tees Businesswomen Awards 2020, in association with Northern Skills Group, contact Chris Garbutt on 01642 450255 or email

To find out more about how to enter the awards or to nominate someone else, click here.