We recently hosted our first ever ‘Afternoon Tea’ recently with 100 guests attending the Rivergreen Centre in Aykley Heads, Durham with a sumptuous tea provided by Jesmond Dene House. 

Peter Candler, Managing Director of the Rivergreen Centre and Jesmond Dene House generously offered to hold this event with all proceeds going to the Community Foundation.

The sell-out event and guests included the Community Foundation’s President, Sir Paul and Lady Nicholson, Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon, Vice Lord Lieutenant Alasdair MacConachie and staff from newly formed Atom Bank who are based close by the Rivergreen Centre. 

The event was also attended by donors, trustees and members of the general public coming together in a warm, relaxed atmosphere to learn about the Community Foundation and raise money that will ultimately benefit the local area. Jesmond Dene House’s award winning afternoon tea followed a performance from Charlie, a member of the National Youth Choir and a high end raffle – first prize being a pastry lesson at the hotel. A drinks reception was also provided courtesy of Jesmond Dene House.

Barbara Gubbins, Chief Executive spoke to guests about the Community Foundation, explaining the difference they make in the community through grant-making and how they are dedicated to helping communities grow by creating opportunities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion.

Barbara Gubbins said: “We are very grateful to the Rivergreen Centre and Jesmond Dene House for offering to hold this event and also fundraise for the Community Foundation. We were delighted to engage with so many guests on the day which is fantastic. And our trustees turned out in force to support us.’’

All proceeds went towards the work of County Durham Community Foundation, which provides grants to community groups and individuals within County Durham and Darlington, making a genuine difference to the lives of local people.