Last week the Virgin Money Foundation was delighted to join over 350 guests at the North East Charity Awards, which recognise and celebrate the region’s charities, volunteers, fundraisers and charity supporters. Now in their second year, the Awards attracted an even larger turnout than last year from across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
With awards for Volunteer of the Year, Young Charity Champion of the Year and Charity Leader of the Year, the event raises the profile of those people who work tirelessly to make the charities in the North East strong, sustainable and effective.
One award category that drew particular applause from the Virgin Money Foundation team was Social Enterprise of the Year.
From a very strong shortlist, the judges’ choice was Food Nation.
Food Nation benefited from a Virgin Money Foundation grant in December 2015, enabling them to set up a healthy eatery in Sandyford called Harissa.
Harissa invests its profits back into the community via Food Nation which provides practical and innovative food education activities for the general public, schools and businesses in Newcastle, Gateshead and the surrounding area.
We were delighted to see one of our funded organisations receive an award in recognition of the social impact of their work.