Monday 16 May 2016 15:00

Network B2B behind £1m charity donation

A business networking company is behind a record-breaking £1m donation from St. James’s Place Foundation to the Percy Hedley Foundation.

The £1m cheque for The Percy Hedley Foundation

The £1m cheque for The Percy Hedley Foundation

Fund raiser for the Percy Hedley foundation, Danny Mitchell, was introduced to financial adviser Mark Beverley over a Network B2B breakfast meeting in Gateshead.

As chair of the Team Valley Network B2B group and the North East representative from the St. James’s Place Foundation, Mark was impressed by Danny’s energetic and creative fundraising skills and was moved by the work that the Percy Hedley Foundation does in the region.

The £1m donation from St. James’s Place Foundation is the largest donation the Percy Hedley Foundation has ever received in its 63 year history, and will allow the charity to merge Percy Hedley School into one site.

The work will also transform the learning environment for disabled children and grow capacity by up to 25%, the money will also go towards development of vital new facilities which include the creation of a residential home for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities

Danny Mitchell, fund raiser for Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “This is definitely a career high for me.

“I’m so happy for everyone – for the children who will benefit from hugely improved facilities, for their parents and carers, and also for all who are involved with the Foundation.”

Mark Beverley, North East representative of the St. James’s Place Foundation said: “We are delighted to have formed a partnership with The Percy Hedley Foundation.

“They have a fantastic team who work hard at educating, supporting and caring for children and young people whose lives are challenged by disability."

Alex Gordon, managing director of Network B2B said: “Network B2B regularly facilitates valuable business leads worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in our meetings, but this huge donation from St. James’s Place to The Percy Hedley Foundation is unprecedented.

“We are very pleased to have provided the initial introduction.”

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