A BOROUGH charity has been honoured after being presented with the Whitley Bay Town Cup.
Angels of the North was presented with the accolade at a ceremony at North Tyneside Council’s headquarters last week.
The local authority awards the prestigious cup annually to an organisation or individual involved in an event or which has given outstanding service to the community in the previous 12 months.
And last week, chairman of the council Coun Frank Lott presented the cup to Angels of the North – a charity which provides medical aid and the relief of hardship through grants, goods and services to those in need.
Coun Lott said: “Angels of the North has helped many voluntary and community groups, hospitals, schools, other charities and individual residents, often providing much needed support.
“The charity thoroughly deserves the council’s recognition.”
Representing the charity and accepting the award was chairman Dr Hari Shukla, patron the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Rev Martin Wharton, and chief executive officer Barbara Connors-Fowler.
Dr Shukla said: “This is a great honour for Angels of the North and I am delighted to accept the Whitley Bay Town Cup on its behalf.
“We are thrilled that all the hard work undertaken by the charity is being recognised and rewarded in such a prestigious way.”
Angels of the North has undertaken a range of fundraising activities, provided services, and ran health awareness campaigns.
In partnership with local voluntary groups and other charities, one of Angel of the North’s biggest programmes is the annual donation of toys, equipment, bikes and clothing to a number of groups and organisations, to the value of £100,000.
The charity has also produced ‘talking books’ for the blind, distributed literature for Cancer Research, produced concerts at the Playhouse Whitley Bay for the benefit of local charities, and funded local youngsters to take part in the Tall Ships Race.
It has also sponsored young people to do voluntary work abroad, and adults have been sponsored to travel to developing countries to undertake voluntary work.