Durham

Wooden Spoon Durham Chairman

Paul Tully

Honorary Presidents

Tamara Taylor & Rob Vickers

We have committed over £125,000 to projects across the local area. These range from a therapy suite and gym at Heel and Toe, to a sensory woodland garden at the North East Autism Society.

Wooden Spoon Durham built a new relationship with Rugbytots, when they helped funded a project in their area. Zoe’s Place Hospice in Middlesbrough received a grant of £13,000 which enabled them to purchase two specialist cots.

Zoe’s Place provides pallative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years. All of the infants that are currently attending the hospice have a number of special needs. The cots will help to greatly improve their quality of life whilst at the hospice.

In 2019, we announced that Tamara Taylor and Rob Vickers would be joining us as Honorary Presidents in Durham, and both attended Zoe’s Place to see how money we raise helps local children with disabilities, or facing disadvantage.

 

As part of Wooden Spoon’s emergency funding, Wooden Spoon Durham donated £10,000 to local charities that were struggling to run essential services due a reduction in funding caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Zoe’s Place, The Auckland Project, King’s Church Foodbank, Teesside Hospice and Heel and Toe all received funding that enabled them to continue providing their support and services to vulnerable children and young people.  

Take a look at the projects tab below to see what the funding means from the charities we supported.

 

See the events tab to find out about upcoming fundraising activities within the region.

If you would like to volunteer or fundraise for Durham, please get in touch, or visit our how can you help page.

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Wooden Spoon Durham has funded a range of projects from a sensory woodland garden to therapy suites to IT equipment. To view them, please click here.

The £2,000 donation from Wooden Spoon Durham ensured that children and young people in the Borough of Darlington were given a minimum of one hot meal per day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We just want to thank you so much on behalf of King’s Foodbank for your extravagant financial contribution to us.

We managed to bulk buy with Aldi after costing items up at different supermarkets and they came out tops! We just wanted to share the picture of what we have managed to buy with your funds.

Thank you all and God bless all that you do, you are all amazing.” said Caroline Todd, Manager.

Our £2,000 donation enabled Teesside Hospice to continue offering palliative care for people who are living with a life-limiting illness during the pandemic.

Norwich City footballer and Teesside Hospice ambassador, Ben Gibson said: “WOW an incredible £2,000 donation from Wooden Spoon has took us over £20,000! What a way to round off what’s been an amazing week for us Teesside Hospice.”

“@charityspoon thank you so so much from myself and everyone @TeessideHospice and also @Boro who have played a huge part in this fundraiser. The generosity you have shown with that donation is incredible.”

Zoe’s Place provides pallative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years.

Wooden Spoon Durham built a new relationship with Rugbytots, when they helped funded a project in their area. Zoe’s Place Hospice in Middlesbrough received a grant of £13,000 which enabled them to purchase two specialist cots.

All of the infants that are currently attending the hospice have a number of special needs. The cots will help to greatly improve their quality of life whilst at the hospice.

A further £2,000 helped Zoe’s Place provide extra support and assistance to the children and their families at a time when it was most needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heel & Toe Children’s Charity supports children with Cerebral Palsy & Other Physical Disabilities.

In 2015, a £25,000 grant from Wooden Spoon Durham helped fund the therapy suite and gym at Heel & Toe.

“Since the COVID19 outbreak the charity was forced to close, leaving the children and families we work with without their usual forms of therapy and support.” Our £2,000 donation helped Heel & Toe continue to run their services remotely through one-to-one video support sessions.

The Auckland Project is a regeneration charity based in Bishop Auckland.

At its heart is a mission to revitalise the future of this former industrial town through employment, training and educational opportunities.

As part of Wooden Spoon’s emergency funding, Wooden Spoon Durham donated £2,000 to the charity which enabled them to produce meals and emergency food packages for vulnerable people in the community.

“Over 17,000 meals and 895 food packages have been produced. We have distributed meals through 10 community hubs as well as door to door deliveries, and over 60 volunteers have supported the project with their time.”