A cooking and heating specialist in the region has chosen a national children's cause as its charity of the year.
Family-run firm Walter Dix & Co, which will celebrate its 125th birthday this year, has vowed to fund-raise for the Dreamflight charity which will be taking seriously ill and disabled children on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando in Florida.
The Team Valley-based company, which has been in the same family for four generations supplies AGA and Range cookers from Newcastle to North Yorkshire.
Managing director Charles Dix said: “We are delighted to announce that we will be supporting what we believe to be one of the finest children’s charities there is.
“The work that the volunteers do is superb. Improving the lives of these deserving children, and making their dreams come true, is something that should be truly commended.”
The charity was set up in 1987 and helps families by taking youngsters on a 10-day holiday to remember.
Catherine Foster, North East regional Dreamflight representative said: “It’s great news that Walter Dix & Co has chosen to support Dreamflight over the next 12 months. “Dreamflight is a fantastic charity with a relatively-low profile, so anything that raises its awareness is really beneficial.
“Each year, 16 children from the North East make up part of the 192 nationally that we take to DisneyWorld, which means that all of the money Walter Dix & Co manages to raise will go towards funding the holiday of a lifetime for deserving, local children.”
The Gateshead-based firm will be holding a number of fund-raising activities over the coming months, as well as providing generous customers with the opportunity to give to the cause in store.
Walter Dix & Co was founded in 1888 as heating engineers. The firm was appointed as one of the first AGA dealers in 1931 and prides itself on its specially-designed Gateshead showroom which displays cookers, stoves and refrigeration equipment, as well as cookware and kitchen accessories