Charity of the Year 2024: Maggie's Newcastle

Maggie's Newcastle

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.

This year Maggie's Newcastle is our Charity of the Year. 


Maggie’s offers the best possible support free to anyone with cancer and their families who walk through our doors. Maggie's centres operate alongside NHS hospitals and we can also support you online. 

When someone is diagnosed with cancer they need much more than just medical treatment. They might need information about how treatment will affect them; emotional support and practical advice; a place to go where you can meet and talk to people who are going through the same things. 

Maggie's is here for anyone with cancer and their family and friends, whatever kind of cancer, and whatever stage they’re at.

All Maggie's support is free, and no appointment or referral is needed and there’s also no time limit on their support.

Professional support

Maggie’s isn’t part of the NHS – it is an independent charity – but Maggie's centres are beside major cancer hospitals across the UK and have excellent relationships with partner hospitals. 

Many of the charity's staff are NHS-trained and all Cancer Support Specialists have expert knowledge about cancer and treatment.

Maggie's centres also have psychologists and benefits advisors who are available for anyone with cancer and those close to them. 

Maggie's offer workshops, courses, one-to-one and group support help people to change the way they live with cancer and focus on the things that really make a difference, like money worries, help with stress and depression, managing side-effects and relationship and family support. 

Find out more about Maggie's Newcastle

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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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