2020 and 2021 were without a doubt The Toughest of years for us and as a charity, we’d already had some tricky times.
There were lots and lots of tears, heaps of late and sleepless nights, tonnes of worry and uncertainty but we got through. We got through with the most amazing team of staff, trustees and volunteers who stuck together to support our community when they needed it most.
Nearly two years ago we were faced with an unimaginable situation – the calendar emptied in 24 hours, the doors closed, income ceased but our minds started shifting to what we could do to support Teesdale.
Teesdale Care Packages was born and off we went, days and days of sorting tins and bagging up surplus food, delivering in rain, sun and snow and turning waste into treasure.
And Here we are.
Thank you to our outstanding volunteers. Giving up your own time to support others is immense. Thank you to the staff team! Completely there for the community.
These two awards will be displayed with pride in your community hub. They demonstrate the power of people. The power of community. And they are there to remind us of those one off people we’ve known and loved who were 100% committed to our community but who are no longer here to celebrate with us.
Congratulations to all the nominees, shortlisted and winners. So many of whom we admire. We are in great company.
We won….Best Community Engagement sponsored by Raby Estates
and …Legends of Lockdown sponsored by Chocolate Fayre
photo credit Stuart Laundy, Teesdale Mercury