Alternative Business Awards raises £19,000 for Tyneside charity

Event staged by the Percy Hedley Foundation mixed entertainment with offbeat awards for North East business people

An alternative business awards ceremony has raised almost £20,000 for one of the region’s best-known charities.

The Percy Hedley Foundation held the event in Newcastle last month, which raised £19,000 to support services for disabled people on Tyneside.

Top award on the night, the Alternative Business Person of the Year, went to Malcolm Dix, who has supported a huge number of bodies in the North East, including the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust, the Friends of Beamish, Sport Newcastle and the Variety Club of Great Britain.

The Alternative Business Awards
The Alternative Business Awards

Other awards on the night went to former Journal editor Brian Aitken, Ed Twiddy from Atom Bank, fundraiser Katie Cutler and Chris Tighe, North East correspondent of the Financial Times.

Percy Hedley is now preparing for its next big fundraising event, its Hat Trick Dinner with World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst at the Marriott Hotel in Gosforth on May 14.

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