Business helping hand for charity supporting carers

Sharon Spurling from Carers Northumberland, Lee Richardson from NorthEastBiz, Debra Blakey from Carers Northumberland and Jacky Beesley from NorthEastBiz. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Sharon Spurling from Carers Northumberland, Lee Richardson from NorthEastBiz, Debra Blakey from Carers Northumberland and Jacky Beesley from NorthEastBiz. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A good cause in the county will receive some useful backing from entrepreneurs in the coming months.

The Northumberland based not-for-profit business networking organisation NorthEastBiz has pledged its support for this year to Carers Northumberland.

Its members have expertise in a wide range of sectors and the group’s bursar is Morpeth-based Jacky Beesley. She is also a key member of its organisational team.

In 2014, more than £10,000 worth of services were given to its designated charity (The Toby Henderson Trust) and the amount collected via fund-raising activities was over £2,500.

Lee Richardson of Coast Technology is a long-standing member of the team and he suggested that the group helps Carers Northumberland in the coming months.

The charity’s chief executive Sharon Spurling said: “Carers Northumberland is delighted to have been chosen to be supported by NorthEastBiz in 2015.

“We support people across the county who look after their loved ones, friends and family. Most people who become a carer do so because of love and affection or feeling of duty and we do all we can to help them in this role.

“In Northumberland, there are at least 36,000 unpaid carers and with an aging population, this number can only grow.

“As well as the fund-raising, this pledge will enable us to talk to and work with some well-regarded professionals.”

Some of the NorthEastBiz members will donate their time and specialist skills to help the good cause and every time a business attends an event organised by the group, they contribute to the charity.

There will be special raffles and activities to bring in extra funds and the amount raised at the end-of-year event is match funded by Barclays Business.

In addition, the networking group’s website – www.NorthEastBiz.co.uk – will carry details of what Carers Northumberland does and information about the charity will be shared through LinkedIn (a business-oriented social networking service) and its Twitter site.