In our latest ‘Meet our Patrons’ feature, we meet Tanya Garland, who launched the Philanthropic Foundation with Andy Preston back in 2011.
What does your organisation do?
Cool Blue is an integrated marketing company – we offer PR, design, digital and marketing services. We started in 1999 and we still have offices in Middlesbrough as well as Newcastle and London.
Why do you support the Foundation?
Middlesbrough is my hometown and, even though I now live in Newcastle, I still have strong ties in the area. My mum and sister as well as lots of friends live here and I always feel a sort of love for it. Let’s face it, there are a lot of social challenges so it’s nice to think that if you’re going to do something on a charitable level that its going somewhere you feel it will make a difference.
Which of our fundraising events has been your personal favourite?
I’m no runner so you won’t see me on the 10k and I take my hat off to those that do the sleepout! I always enjoy the Annual Dinner because it is one of the reasons you know the organisation has been successful.
Which organisation are you most proud or pleased that we’ve supported?
I particularly remember some of the first projects we funded – one was Blood Bikes, to transport blood between hospitals, and the other was a boxing club in South Bank where the lads were so passionate about boxing.
Can tell us something your fellow Foundation supporters might not know about you personally?
I used to do parachute jumping up at Peterlee. I did the first one as a dare and I was absolutely terrified but it was such an adrenaline rush that I really loved it. It was really addictive and I ended up doing quite a few more.