Generosity festival coming to Berwick with news of a £2m fund

The Generosity festival is coming to Berwick with a unique event that celebrates the impact of philanthropy in the region and news of a major new £2million philanthropic fund for the town.

Thursday, 15th November 2018, 7:46 am
Iain Petrie (Inspired! Music Project), Sandra King (Community Foundation Tyne &Wear and Northumberland) and Jane Pannell (North Northumberland Voluntary Forum.)

The North Northumberland Roadshow, which is taking place at 4.30pm on Monday at The Maltings, will be a celebration and exploration of philanthropy in the area and is free to attend.

It will feature exciting and diverse contributions from local charities, business leaders and young people, and explore how philanthropy has shaped the area, highlight what’s happening now and debate what needs to change for everyone to play our part in the future.

The event is free to attend and is being organised by Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland as part of its GeNErosity Festival.

The festival is a series of 50 events, taking place across the North East this month celebrating and debating the past, present and future of philanthropy and giving across the region, which has helped to shape the North East today.

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Sandra King, chief philanthropy officer at Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, said: “Taking the GeNEerosity Festival out and about throughout the region is a great way to celebrate and debate philanthropy.

“We are really looking forward to this event, as at it, the Community Foundation will be announcing a major recent act of philanthropy that will benefit Berwick forever. Thanks to a major legacy gift from a local individual, the Foundation is launching a new £2m endowment fund, that will benefit the town forever. Make sure you book your place to be amongst the first to find out the details of the gift and how local communities can benefit.”

In a first for Berwick, the evening will provide both entertainment and thought-provoking talks as well as a new film all about the role philanthropy plays in society with the premiere of a short film made especially for the Festival ‘What has philanthropy ever done for us?’ The award-winning, November Club, in collaboration with young people from the region will also present their playful and inspiring take on philanthropy.

The festival was launched on November 7, when Professor Charles Harvey, director of the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Philanthropy at Newcastle University detailed the findings of his research - highlighting acts of generosity dating back more than 900 years, which still actively benefit North East communities today. Building on this theme, the North Northumberland Roadshow will be a celebration and exploration of philanthropy across the area.

The event is free to attend with tickets booked in advance via the GeNErosity Festival website. For more information visit: