Footballing fund-raisers have again clubbed together to support a North East good cause.

This year 16 teams, representing some of the region’s best-known businesses including a fantastic team from our Young People's Service here at Children North East (pictured below), competed in the fifth Concept Cup five-a-side competition to raise money for us!

Huge congratulations to Cook & Turnbull - the painting and rendering systems business based in Ashington - provided the winning team.  The company was taking part in the Concept Cup for the first time and, in the final, beat last year’s champions Northumbrian Water 7-4 (both teams pictured below).

The event, which took place at Goals Gosforth, has generated thousands of pounds for local charities since its launch in 2014.

“We are delighted that this event has become a firm fixture for so many busy men and women who are prepared to give up their time to raise much-needed money,” said Concept’s North East sales manager Stewart Hunter of Concept, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xerox.

We will receive a donation of nearly £3000 from the Concept Cup’s entry fees, raffles, auctions and collections. 

Our Chief Executive, Jeremy Cripps, said: “We’re really grateful to Concept for choosing Children North East as the beneficiary of their five-a-side tournament this year. This money will be life changing for children and young people in our region who are suffering because of abuse or the misery of family breakup; or who are distressed by bullying, isolation or mental illness.”

“It’s always a difficult choice because there are so many good causes who we would love to help,” said Stewart.  “But when we met Children North-East we were so impressed by the work they do and also shocked at the level of demand for their services in 2018.”

As well as Cook & Turnbull, Northumbrian Water and footballers from Concept and Children North East, we wanted to say a huge thank you to the other teams taking part from Mincoffs, NCFE, Unite, Hadrian School, Forfusion, Allay, the Commissioners Quay Inn, Virgin Money, CGL, Coast Consult, Precept and Utilitywise

Concept Cup organiser Lisa Derrick said: “I’m sure we didn’t think when we first had the idea that this event would go from strength to strength.  Everybody who works for Concept in Newcastle has a strong connection with the North East and we are all determined to do what we can to help people less fortunate than ourselves.

“We are so grateful to everybody who made this year’s Concept Cup such a success: both the teams who took part as well the many businesses who made donations.”