Testimonials

Below are some examples of testimonials from our fund holders and grant recipients

Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water have been involved with County Durham Community Foundation since we first began in 1995. They hold two endowment funds with us, the Northumbrian Water Community Endowment Fund and the Northumbrian Water Environment Endowment Fund.

“Northumbrian Water’s funds with County Durham Community Foundation represent an important part of our corporate responsibility activity. Because our people choose which projects to support, they can understand the importance of supporting grassroots community organisations for the long-term.”
 

Kevan Jones MP

Kevan Jones has held a Grassroots Endowment Challenge fund with County Durham Community Foudnation since 2008.

Kevan Jones MP

“County Durham Community Foundation touches lives and communities large and small across the County. The Acorn Fund is a direct and practical way to support community projects in County Durham. I am pleased to be involved with the Foundation and its vital work.”

Rebekah Cook

Rebekah received a grant to give her the once in a life time opportunity to attend a summer school at the Royal Academy of Dance.

Rebekah Cook

“I’m thrilled Rebekah has been granted this wonderful opportunity to go to the Royal Academy of Dance. It is such a privilege for her to be invited and she is ecstatic that she is now able to go.”

Alasdair MacConachie - Patron

Alasdair MacConachie, OBE DL HonDBA FRSA is a Patron of County Durham Community Foundation and his company (Sherwoods) also have an Endowment Fund which feeds into our Community Action grant making pot.

Alasdair is the Managing Director of the Sherwoods Group a main GM dealer that has been in business for 85 years.

Alasdair is very active in the local community. He is Chairman of St Teresa's Hospice, Darlington, the Chairman of Darlington College and Chairman of Durham School. Alasdair gives a great deal of support to the Forces and is the Chairman of the Independent Advisory Panel for the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick. He regards his chairmanship of the Darlington Partnership as one of his most exciting community challenges.

Alasdair was given the Freedom of the Borough of Darlington in 2012, is a past High Sheriff, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the Teesside University and received an OBE in 2004.

Alasdair MacConachie - Patron

“Since moving to the area as a young boy, Darlington has become my place of work and most importantly my home. I feel very passionately about my community and couldn’t think of a better way to help improve its vitality than at the grassroots level. County Durham Community Foundation is making a real impact in our area and I am behind them 100%.”

Mark I'Anson, MBE

Mark is former Chair of CDCF and is currently Chair of Council and Pro Chancellor at Newcastle University. Since selling his own NASDAQ listed company IMP, Mark has become involved in a range of economic development activities in the region. He is a board member of three local SMEs and is also chairman of NEL, the North East's leading Venture Capital firm. In addition, Mark is on the steering committee of both Newcastle Science City and the Northern Way and a Director of three major local charities. 

His personal interests include racing cars, cycling, skiing and sailing. Mark is also a champion leek grower. 

Mark I'Anson, MBE

I am confident that as I leave the organisation as Chair after nine years, CDCF is in a strong position to carry on making changes, growing the endowment and providing solid and innovative support to the local community. I am delighted to become a Patron of CDCF which enables me to continue supporting this fantastic organisation. 

Ellie Henry

Six-year-old Ellie Henry developed cerebral palsy after contracting meningitis when she was just two weeks old. It left her severely disabled and sadly the illness also nearly robbed her of her sight. She received a grant from County Durham Community Foundation to purchase a light bubble to help with her condition.

Ellie Henry

"Finding respite care is very expensive. I am very lucky to have a local organisation to help me care for Ellie."