Reece Group Honoured by Lord Mayor’s Award for Community Work

15th May 2017

Award winners with Lord Mayor Hazel Stephenson

Reece Group chairman, John Reece, and his wife Sue were delighted to receive a special award in recognition of the group’s contribution to life in the West End of Newcastle.

The Lord Mayor’s Award is the second highest honour the city council can bestow, second only to the honorary freedom of the city.

They were presented with the accolade alongside two other winners: Denton Burn Methodist Church and Eileen McNulty, a community volunteer who has helped a myriad of projects.

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, councillor Hazel Stephenson, said: “I have always said that it’s the people that makes Newcastle a great city and it’s certainly true in respect of these three recipients.

“All three have achieved amazing things in different ways.

“The Reece Group is a family business that operates across the world. It has made an incredible contribution to jobs and skills in its business, universities and a vast array of local charities.

“Denton Burn Methodist Church has evolved into more than a church – it’s also a hub for the community run by volunteers working for the good of individuals and families in the area. These activities are open to everyone in the locality.

“And Eileen McNulty has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to volunteering in projects across the West End, from parent toddler groups to health charities to the Lemington Centre. She has worked tirelessly raising funds for the Marie Curie Centre in the West End.”

Newcastle City Juniors supported by Reece Group

Mr Reece said: “It is a great honour to receive this award. Reece Group is committed to investing in the community in which it operates and my wife and I are also proud to support the work of the many inspiring charities and organisations working in the city to make a real difference to people’s lives.

“We also believe it is important to encourage the next generation of North East engineers to ensure we have a talent pipeline that will drive economic prosperity in the region.”

Councillor Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “This award honours people who are prepared to go the extra mile and put something back in serving their local community.

“I would like to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the positive difference you have made to our lives and our city.”

The Reece Group businesses, The Reece Foundation and LGA Foundation, the personal charity of John and Sue Reece, have donated over £15m to initiatives across the region, including Children North East, The West End Women and Girls Centre, Scotswood Community Garden, Newcastle City Juniors and Reviving the Heart of the West End.

Jodie Elliott a student from Blyth Academy at a Reece Group STEM event

The Reece Foundation specifically supports STEM-related projects to inspire the next generation of engineers, such as funding engineering bursaries and scholarships at St Cuthbert’s School, Excelsior Academy, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities.

The LGA Foundation, was one of the major funders of the West End Food Bank and also supports charities including St Oswald’s Hospice and Denton Community & Youth Project.