Businesses go lock, stock and barrel to raise over £70k for NE Youth at charity event

North East businesses went out all guns blazing to support young people’s development charity, NE Youth.

Teams from sponsors The Inn Collection Group, Ward Hadaway, Bradley Hall and JR Holland Food Services hit their target to raise over £70k at a charity clay pigeon shoot for NE Youth, which supports disadvantaged young people across the region.

Almost 450 people took part in the three-day charity event at Bywell Shooting Ground near Morpeth.

Chief executive of NE Youth Jon Niblo said: “We are incredibly fortunate to have fantastic relationships with these key businesses across the North East. Their generosity and backing provides us with valuable support for our fundraising programme. With their help – and from supporters like them – we can continue to increase our direct reach and impact with young people.

“It is fantastic to see entire organisations like The Inn Collection Group getting behind us, from director level to the teams on the ground who have fundraised throughout the year – even during Covid and lockdowns – which is incredible. Their support enables us to sustain and develop our youth work offer to some of the most disadvantaged young people across the North East.”

Sean Donkin, managing director of pubs with rooms operator The Inn Collection Group organised the event. He said: “We are proud to be supporting NE Youth and their amazing work providing opportunities to under privileged children in the region.

“Investing in young people and giving them access to the opportunities they deserve is something our entire team here at The Inn Collection Group believes in.  We look forward to supporting NE Youth further as our chosen charity and playing an active role in helping young people achieve their potential.”

John Holland, CEO of JR Holland Food Services, said: “As a North East centric business supporting young people and charities in our region is the heartbeat of our company. NE Youth and its aims couldn’t be closer to where our passions lie in helping young people. We are very proud to be involved with NE Youth and supporting a brilliant event that has raised such a tremendous amount and been so well organised while having so much fun along the way.”

Neil Hart, group managing director at Bradley Hall, said: “NE Youth is an incredible charity which we were proud to support this year alongside our clients at The Inn Collection Group.

“Jon and the team delivered a fantastic event which raised a significant amount of money which will undoubtedly change the lives of many young people within our local communities. A big well done to all who were involved and we look forward to the next event.”

Jamie Martin, senior partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “We were delighted to take part in this sporting event in support of the fantastic and important work of NE Youth.  An enjoyable time was had by all, but hitting such an exceptional fund-raising target was the real achievement of the day.”