We are thrilled to announce that The CAUSE Foundation is our new ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2024! This decision reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting families in Teesside.

This announcement comes as we wrap up a wonderful year of collaboration with Victoria’s Wish, our 2023 charity partner. Our journey with Victoria’s Wish has been nothing short of inspiring. We’ve seen firsthand how our contributions have made a real difference, particularly with our final sponsorship: a static campervan in the serene Lake District. This campervan offers a peaceful retreat for families of young people facing life-threatening illnesses, providing a much-needed break from hospital visits and treatments.

Ian Lawrence, the founder of Victoria’s Wish, shared his heartfelt thanks: “We are incredibly thankful to the Applebridge Family. The caravan will provide a sanctuary where families can find comfort and peace during the most challenging times of their lives. It’s gestures like these that truly make a difference.”

Supporting our community is at the heart of what we do. Donny Hughes, our founder and CEO, reflected on this initiative: “We believe in making a tangible difference in the lives of those around us. Partnering with Victoria’s Wish has allowed us to extend that support to families facing unimaginable challenges.”

Looking ahead, we are eager to work with The CAUSE Foundation. This partnership will not only involve our financial support but also activities throughout the year, including a major fundraising event at the Wynyard Estate Golf Course.

Pat McBride, co-founder of The CAUSE Foundation, expressed their gratitude: “We are absolutely delighted and profoundly grateful to be chosen as the Applebridge Charity of the Year. It will make a huge difference to our charity and gives us confidence to continue supporting the families in need across Teesside.”

Adrianna Hughes, our Charity of the Year Trustee, echoed this enthusiasm: “The CAUSE Foundation embodies the essence of community spirit and dedication that we at Applebridge Family aim to support. Their commitment to aiding families and individuals in need across Teesside is truly inspiring, and we are proud to play a part in their incredible journey.”

As we start this new partnership, we look forward to making a positive impact together. Thank you for your continued support in helping us make a difference in our community.


In an acknowledgement of both longevity and financial success, Applebridge Family was awarded ‘Business of the Year’ title at this year’s Business IQ Awards. This honour comes as a testament to our sustained commitment to excellence and innovation over a remarkable decade in business.

The Business IQ Awards are known for spotlighting standout achievements in the North East business community. Securing such an accolade serves as a significant nod to organisations that not only show robust financial records but also embody the principles of leadership, sustainability, and employee welfare.

Reflecting on the award, Donny Hughes,  Founder & CEO of Applebridge, shared his thoughts:

“This recognition from the Business IQ Awards as ‘Business of the Year’ means a lot to us. It’s a reflection not just of our success but of the hard work and dedication of our entire team over the last ten years. This award is for everyone at Applebridge who helped turn our vision into reality.”


Defibs at Applebridge Family

We are proud to announce our recent investment in the Red Sky Foundation by installing defibrillators across our offices in Middlesbrough and Wakefield. As a group comprising ZTL Contracting, AD Plant Hire, Applebridge Construction, Applebridge Utilities, Applebridge Building Services, and Retaining UK, we are committed to making a positive impact on our communities.

This decision was motivated by a personal experience that hit close to home for our Managing Director, Chris Brown. When his friend Oliver Williams suffered a cardiac arrest while out jogging, Chris realized the critical importance of having defibrillators readily available. Despite Oliver’s peak fitness, his life was saved thanks to the quick response of off-duty police officers who provided medical assistance until paramedics arrived with a defibrillator.

The Red Sky Foundation, a registered charity, has been working tirelessly to raise awareness about the necessity of defibrillators. We are delighted to support their cause by installing defibrillators at our offices in Middlesbrough, Wakefield, and Imperial Park.

Founded by Sergio and Emma Petrucci, the Red Sky Foundation obtained full charitable status in 2020 as a way to express gratitude to the heart unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. The foundation has since raised over £950,000 to provide state-of-the-art machinery for treating heart conditions in babies, children, and adults across the North East and the wider UK. Sergio and Emma, recently honored with MBEs, continue their efforts to raise awareness and save lives.

Defibrillators are crucial life-saving devices that can treat cardiac arrest effectively. Every minute that passes without urgent CPR and defibrillation decreases the chances of survival by 7-10%. That is why having defibrillators available in public places, such as schools, workplaces, and gyms, is paramount. The Red Sky Foundation offers free training on their website (redskyfoundation.com) for anyone interested in learning how to use a defibrillator in just 15 minutes.

As part of the Applebridge Family, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on our communities and prioritizing the well-being of those around us. Our investment in defibrillators is just one way we contribute to the greater good.

Together, we can create safer environments and save lives. Stay tuned for more updates on our initiatives and contributions as we continue to work towards building a better future.


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