Northumberland Estates has a long history of building partnerships and delivering projects that have a positive impact in our local communities. Where we have a presence we aim to help those in need through fundraising, volunteering, donations and by raising awareness.

The Northumberland Estates Community Fund was developed to provide support to community groups, charities and organisations that operate in the locality of our operations including Northumberland, North Tyneside and incorporating the Southern Estate in Hounslow and West London.

Since its formation in 2019, the Fund has supported over 350 separate organisations and charities as well as creating community links through cooperation, education, staff volunteering and non-financial support. Donations from the fund can be used in a variety of ways to support the vital work of charities and organisations that work hard to improve the lives of those in the local area. For further information or an application form email: community@northumberlandestates.co.uk

Some examples of the organisations we have supported and the types of the projects we fund can be found below. 

Read more in the 2022/23 Northumberland Estates CSR Report

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Food Banks

Over the last year we have supported Alnwick District Food Bank, Newcastle Food Bank and  Hounslow Community Foodbox through the community fund and regular food donations. 

Volunteers run all of these organisations, which distribute food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger and help those in need in crisis. 

Alnwick District Food Bank also received a separate grant from Northumberland Estates to purchase replacement fridges and freezers.

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NE Youth

NE Youth is a leading youth development charity supporting young people and youth organisations across the North East of England. Working with young people aged 11-25, many facing disadvantages, NE Youth services support over 1,700 young people annually.

The charity has a longstanding relationship with Northumberland Estates. Both share a passion for supporting and investing in our region's young people. Northumberland Estates contributes to the charity's fundraising in a number of ways including facilitating the NE Youth annual Clay Pigeon Shoot which raised over £73,000 this year, and allows NE Youth to deliver impactful services for young people. 

Find out more about NE Youth

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Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue

The Estate funded 14 medical diagnostic kits for the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team through a grant application to the Community Fund.

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team provides a search and rescue service in the Northumbria Police area. This is an operational area covering 2,159 square miles, including Northumberland and Tyne & Wear; the largest area of any Mountain Rescue Team in the UK.

A team of approximately 50 highly trained members and resources are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to save lives and alleviate distress among persons affected by an accident, disaster or natural hazard. 

Find out more about Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

 

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The Country Trust

The Country Trust is the North East’s leading educational charity connecting children from areas of high social and economic disadvantage with the land that sustains us all. Through food, farming and countryside experiences they aim to empower children to be confident, curious and create change in their lives so that they and society can thrive.

Thanks to the Northumberland Estates Community Fund, six educational visits to Broxfield Farm near Alnwick have been fully supported. This project enables over one hundred and fifty children from deprived areas of Northumberland and Tyneside to enjoy practical outdoor learning about food, farming, and the rural environment. Additional funding has been provided to cover coach costs for another eight schools to access farm and countryside visits.  

“Some of the children have not been out of the estate before and are only used to being in the city.  They loved to find out about the cows. They loved the open spaces and running up the hill -and rolling down! They said they didn’t just like it, they loved it!” 

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