Following the success of their fundraiser dinner with Kevin Keegan in October 2022, the committee members of The Dunelm Foundation are delighted to announce that £15,000 has now been distributed for the benefit of nine local good causes.
Recipients included Chronicle Sunshine Fund, Foundation of Light, South Shields Foundation, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, St Margaret’s Centre, Durham Cricket Foundation, Newcastle Rugby Foundation, Wear Valley Women’s Aid and High Fell Amateur Boxing Club.
Formed in 2019, with the aim of supporting the vital work of a range of local causes, The Dunelm Foundation raises its funds primarily through the continuation of Durham’s flagship annual sportsperson dinner. The committee is made up of representatives from some of Durham’s leading businesses including Clive Owen, Helios Real Estate, Swinburne Maddison LLP and Urban Base.
Chair of the committee, Phil Hourigan, commented: “We had a great time raising money on the evening but it’s even more fun giving the money away! It’s a real pleasure to be able to share the proceeds of our dinner among so many excellent charities and initiatives who are doing such great work for our region. Of course, none of this would be possible without the help and support of my fellow committee members and the generosity of the local businesses, colleagues and friends who come together to support our event each year. Our next event on September 22nd at Ramside Hall, with guest speaker Niall Quinn, will be our biggest yet and we still have some tickets available”
The presentation evening, which was sponsored by Durham law firm, Swinburne Maddison LLP, took place at Durham County Cricket Club and the committee were delighted to welcome guests including Sir Bob Murray CBE, former owner of SAFC and Chairman of Foundation of Light.