Patron Stories – Dale Smith, founder and CEO, SDDE Group

Published on: 4th October 2022

Supporting The Teesside Charity was an easy decision for us as it fits with SDDE Group’s ethos of creating a better place to live, work and stay.

We are based in Skelton and employ 250 people – the majority of whom are local to the area. Our company delivers services and projects which have an impact and it’s important for us to give back, and to give back locally.

A number of our team are currently in training for the Great North Run – raising money for The Teesside Charity, of course – and my dad and I had the privilege of attending a Teesside Heroes’ afternoon tea, which was humbling.

Presenting the Teesside Hero award to Karen Winspear at Senses in Skelton was also amazing.

Not only was I impressed by what she’s achieved, but the centre happens to be right opposite our offices! Becoming Patrons has made us, as a company and as a family, see how far there is to go and just how many organisations need our support.

That we are having an impact really spurs us on to do our bit to make Teesside a better place.