TEES Community Hub Named Charity Champ


TEES Community Hub Named ‘Charity Champ’ in Nationwide Appreciation Campaign

Tees Valley Charity Receives Recognition from Natwest Group as part of National Emergencies Trust #NETCharityChamps

Tees Valley-based charity, TEES Community Hub, has received recognition for its outstanding efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a nationwide appreciation campaign by the National Emergencies Trust (NET), including a special message of thanks from NatWest Group.


The Charity Champs campaign, which is being backed by a host of celebrities and companies on social media this month, is celebrating the efforts of frontline charities and groups, like TEES Community Hub, that have worked tirelessly to support their communities for nearly a year now.


A video to launch the campaign features HRH The Duke of Cambridge, who is Royal Patron of the National Emergencies Trust, as well as Alesha Dixon, Pixie Lott and many others who’ve lent their support to its Coronavirus Appeal over the last year. While Fearne Cotton, Stephen Fry and many others have been posting messages of support on social media across the month.


TEES Community Hub runs a range of projects to support local people who are financially or emotionally vulnerable. They have been using funding from the NET’s Coronavirus Appeal, which launched in March last year, to provide food and other essentials to those in great need, including rough sleepers and elderly people who are shielding.


As part of the Charity Champs campaign, Tonia Nixon, Founder of TEES Community Hub, took part in a video chat with Michael Duncan, Head of Giving Strategy and Programmes at NatWest Group, whose colleagues and customers helped to raise £10million for the NET Coronavirus Appeal last year.


In the video, Ms Nixon explains that when the pandemic started, they identified many people, including elderly people, who were vulnerable, but who did not want to ask for help. She talks about ways the charity found to support these people, while maintaining their dignity, such as asking elderly people to grow tomato plants for them, which created opportunities for regular face-to-face “check-ins”.


Mr Duncan says: “I think people need to understand that charities like yours are not just doing nice things on the side. They are fundamentally getting involved in people’s lives. Saving people’s lives. I think it’s inspiring to hear you talking. It’s inspiring to hear the impact. I am delighted that you were able to get funding from the National Emergencies Trust.”


TEES Community Hub is one of more than 274 projects to receive a grant from the NET Coronavirus Appeal through County Durham Community Foundation. To-date the National Emergencies Trust’s appeal has raised £97million and more than £94million of this has reached communities across the four nations.


Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “For nearly a year now people in charities all around the UK have put others’ needs before their own to help those hard-hit by the pandemic. The creativity and compassion they’ve shown in the face of such difficult times is truly inspirational. We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and thank charity champs like TEES Community Hub and we’re so pleased that NatWest Group and a host of well-known faces are joining us.”


Margaret Vaughan, Chief Operating Officer for County Durham Community Foundation said: “The majority of our grants focus on County Durham and Darlington, but thanks to the work of National Emergencies Trust, we were able to support a considerable number of groups across Tees Valley that offered life changing, even life saving support through lockdown. It was our great privilege to be able to do this and we have been humbled by the groups we have come to know in Tees Valley that have gone above and beyond.”


To watch the NatWest Group and TEES Community Hub Charity Champs Chat visit:



To discover more about TEES Community Hub and other Charity Champs visit: https://nationalemergenciestrust.org.uk/charity-champs/