Fund celebrates a major milestone

Artist Josie Brookes with youngster Lauren Denley; David Montgomery, chair of the Ted Weekes Fund Panel; and Coun Susan Dungworth. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.
Artist Josie Brookes with youngster Lauren Denley; David Montgomery, chair of the Ted Weekes Fund Panel; and Coun Susan Dungworth. Picture by Gilbert Johnston.

A fund honouring a former councillor is celebrating handing out more than £100,000 as it marks its 15th anniversary.

The Ted Weekes Fund was established by the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland with a legacy gift from Dr Ted Weekes, a local councillor and former chair of the Northumberland County Council Education Committee.

The Fund awards grants to voluntary organisations which provide opportunities for young people in Seaton Sluice and New Hartley.

David Montgomery, chairman of the Ted Weekes Fund Panel, said: “I knew Ted very well, and he was an astonishing man who cared passionately about young people and wanted to help them to have a good start in life.

“His legacy is a brilliant example of how you can do good long after your gone, and the Fund at the Community Foundation has reached a fantastic milestone of giving away £100,000 in 15 years.

“The impact this has had is huge and is exactly what Ted will have wanted.”

During its latest funding round, the Ted Weekes Fund made 11 awards totalling £12,629.

To celebrate the £100,000 milestone, David and Coun Susan Dungworth visited Seaton Sluice Community Association which received an award of £1,500.

Coun Dungworth said: “We’re delighted to support the organisation with a gift for arts activities and this is something that Ted would have been very encouraged to see.”

Ted Weekes used his legacy to support a specific cause at the Community Foundation, which is a philanthropic funding body in the north east.

Su Legg, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation said: “A legacy is a great way for somebody to make a lasting difference long after you are gone.

“Ted was very passionate about young people and his Fund is making a huge difference in a small concentrated area.

“Ted was a hugely inspirational character and is continuing to inspire generations of young people. This is a very powerful thing and I’m delighted to celebrate 15 years of funding and over £100,000 of grants with the Ted Weekes Fund at the Community Foundation.”

For more information about the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk