Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation support a whole host of great organisations in the Teesside area, who are working to make Teesside a better place in which to live. Of course, this is a mission that is close to my heart and so I am always overjoyed to support their efforts.
The raffle was used to raise funds for their Christmas Appeal, supporting local organisations that are providing food hampers, meals etc. to those most in need this Christmas. Many charitable organisations have struggled financially during Covid, with huge decrease in donations, so this financial support is vital for many of them to continue being able to deliver their brilliant services over the Christmas period.
The foundation held two raffles, the first a £200-a-ticket raffle for businesses who often support the annual Ball, the second a raffle online which was open to the general public. This was the raffle that I had the pleasure of assisting in the drawing of prize winners. The two raffles combine raised over £26,000!!! I even recognised one of the prize winners names as a Steel River customer, which certainly brought a smile to my face.
As well as the donation of a Gin hamper to the list of prizes, I also donated £500 to their Christmas Appeal, because I know just how vital the work is that they support, now more than ever! And the trip wouldn’t have been complete without dropping off some Gin for the hard-working employees who have done an excellent job behind the scenes, ensuring the foundation can continue to be a beacon of hope to Teesside during Covid.