If U Care Share Foundation in Chester-le-Street has been named as a regional winner in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition, with the project scooping £4,000 to spend on building materials.
The If U Care Share Foundation was set up in 2009 to provide support around the prevention of suicide to those affected by it, and to promote positive mental health in and around the North East of England.
Dean Smith, chairman of the foundation, said: “We were honoured just to be invited to the Building Better Communities event, and were elated when it was announced we’d been awarded £4,000.
“This funding couldn’t have come at a better time as we’re in the process of relocating to bigger premises due to our ever expanding work.
“The funds will be used towards making our new working environment as suitable as possible for our work around prevention, intervention and support to those affected by suicide.
“Thank you to everyone involved, especially Jewson to who we are very grateful.”
The competition was launched in March 2016, and saw more than 1,800 community projects nominated.
With the help of employees and suppliers from across the UK, Jewson narrowed the number down to a shortlist of 59.
The shortlist was then put to a public vote and, following further judging, Jewson announced the winners.
Members of the If U Care Share Foundation were invited to join other winners at an awards ceremony at The East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.
There property expert and television presenter Sarah Beeny handed over the prizes.