Votes win charity a top prize of £10,000

Julie Calvert, head of income generation at the Percy Hedley Foundation, with adult service user Daryn Robinson.
Julie Calvert, head of income generation at the Percy Hedley Foundation, with adult service user Daryn Robinson.
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A NORTH Tyneside charity is celebrating after receiving £10,000 funding.

The Percy Hedley Foundation was part of the north east ‘Vote that Counts’ campaign and faced stiff competition from a number of other charities, including national organisations Guide Dogs and Crisis.

Vote that Counts challenged participating charities to achieve the highest number of online votes from the region’s public to win a share of £30,000.

The Percy Hedley Foundation secured more than 3,000 votes to secure the £10,000 prize.

Head of income generation at the foundation, Julie Calvert, said: “We’re ecstatic. We are so grateful to all our supporters.

“This money is a tremendous boost to our fundraising efforts.

“The competition has allowed us to re-engage with some of our long-standing supporters in a completely different way.

“The competition asked us to embrace social media and use it as a tool to gain as many votes as possible.

“Our Facebook and Twitter accounts were on fire at one point, which surprised us.”

Julie said the £10,000 can be spent in a number of different ways, and they are presently trying to work with local companies to renovate two cottages on their Northern Counties site in Jesmond, and funding could be used for finishing touches to the premises.

This will then provide a home from home for the children and young people who stay with the charity during term time.”

The Vote that Counts is a competition run by the People’s Postcode Trust.