One of the region’s leading children’s charities is set to benefit after the main contractor at Gateshead’s Trinity Square development announced them as their chosen charity for the duration of the build.


Construction specialists Bowmer and Kirkland (B&K) have chosen to support The Children’s Foundation until the project is completed in 2013.


Phil Bates, B&K’s site manager, said: “The Children’s Foundation does outstanding work to help improve the lives of children throughout the North East, and we are delighted to announce them as our chosen charity.


“At peak times we will have over 600 workers here in Gateshead and we will be taking part in a wide variety of fundraising activities, with all the money we raise going directly to the charity.”


Activities already being lined up include charity challenges like the Great North Run, go-karting and competitive golf days.


The Children’s Foundation, based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, is dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing and safety of children and young people across the North East.


Libby Nolan, fundraising manager at the charity, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Bowmer and Kirkland for committing their support to The Children’s Foundation.


“Every penny is important and we wouldn’t be able to keep going without the involvement and generosity of companies like B&K and their employees.”


Gateshead’s £150 million Trinity Square development by Spenhill, the regeneration subsidiary of Tesco will bring more than 1,000 new jobs to Gateshead, the scheme will deliver a vibrant new town square, 45 retail units, 38,000 sq ft of office space, town centre underground parking and a Tesco Extra store, as well as a student village for almost 1,000 Northumbria University students.