Our Charity of the Year is chosen by Northumberland Estates staff who advocate for the causes they are passionate about. A shortlist is created, and we ask all our colleagues to vote for the charity they want to raise funds for and support throughout the year. 

The successful charity is awarded a grant by the Northumberland Estates Community Fund with staff taking part in fundraising and volunteering opportunities throughout the year.

Charity of the Year 2023

The People's Kitchen aims to make life better for vulnerable people. 

Life for vulnerable people can be incredibly hard. They might be sleeping rough, or recently placed in housing with no belongings, they may not have access to nutritious food or have no support system around them. The People’s Kitchen is their safe haven and a constant for people whose lives can be chaotic.

The People's Kitchen makes life on the streets a little easier by sharing hot meals and packages of clothing, toiletries, food, mobile phones and sleeping bags. They work with services to enable people to move off the streets and then provide food, furniture and bedding to those in need. They also offer friendship and professional services to improve mental well-being.

For more information: www.peopleskitchen.co.uk

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Case Study

Pathways 4 All

Pathways 4 All works to improve the lives of disabled children and their families.  They provide specialist family-friendly leisure facilities at the Tim Lamb Children’s Centre, social activities for disabled children and their families, seasonal events, and short break care services. 

Founder of Pathways 4 All, Lynn McManus, said: “As a charity, we are incredibly grateful to the team at Northumberland Estates for their support. The incredible amount raised and increased awareness will make a huge difference in the lives of disabled children and their families. Thank you.”

Pathways 4 All received over £10,000 from Northumberland Estates as its Charity of the Year in 2022.

Find out more about Pathways 4 All


Case Study

Great North Air Ambulance Service

Northumberland Estates named the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) as one of its 2021 charities of the year, raising over £16,000 through a combination of staff fundraising and a grant from the Northumberland Estates Community Fund.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) brings pioneering pre-hospital care to the scene, rescuing hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year and, without NHS funding, it relies on the generosity of donations from the public and businesses. 

The charity provides air ambulance services across the North-East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. 

Find out more about the GNAAS

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Case Study

Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care

Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care was one of two Northumberland Estates Charities of the Year in 2022.

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care provides a free transport service to and from the Freeman and RVI Hospitals for outpatients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment – some from as far afield as the Scottish Borders, North Yorkshire and West Cumbria.

David Wilson, Development Manager at Daft as a Brush said: “Northumberland Estates has always supported Daft as a Brush, so it was great that we’d been chosen as their charity of the year in 2022.  The money raised throughout the year will go towards growing our service as we look to bring new ambulances into the fleet, and the exposure that this partnership brought goes well beyond the money raised.”

Find out more about Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care

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