• Will Welch, Mike Williamson and Josef Craig present Declan with his Braveheart Award at the 2013 ceremony

    Will Welch, Mike Williamson and Josef Craig present Declan with his Braveheart Award at the 2013 ceremony

  • Josef Craig and Carol Malia with one of our Bravehearts 2013 Award winners

    Josef Craig and Carol Malia with one of our Bravehearts 2013 Award winners

  • Ambassador Mike Williamson presents one of our Nominees with his Award at the 2011 Awards Ceremony

    Ambassador Mike Williamson presents one of our Nominees with his Award at the 2011 Awards Ceremony

  • Patron Mark Knopfler performs for Nominee Bradley

    Patron Mark Knopfler performs for Nominee Bradley


Welcome to Bravehearts of the North East

Bravehearts of the North East is a not-for-profit charity which recognises courage and bravery of children of the North East of England.

Our inspiration is an incredible little girl called Joanne Gillespe. In 1989 a National Children of Courage Award was made to a young girl from the North East called Joanne Gillespie. Joanne, who was 11, had endured 2 major operations and fought back against a recurring brain tumour.

In order to help other children who would go through such experiences Joanne turned the diary of her recovery into a book. It was published in 1989 under the title "Brave Heart". 

It immediately received public acclaim as an inspiration to other sick children and their families. It led not only to the Children of Courage Award, but also to Joanne being presented in the spring of 1989 with a North East personality Award.

All of our work is done by our fantastic volunteers with the help of donations. Every penny donated goes towards putting a smile back onto a childs face.

If you would like to fundraise for Bravehearts of the North East by taking part in or organising an event, please contact us through our online form; we'd love to hear from you.

Make a Donation

Make a donation & make a difference

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You can now make a donation online through our website, using JustGiving. If you choose to Gift Aid your donation, every gift you make to Bravehearts could be worth 25 per cent more at no extra cost to you.

Nominate a Braveheart

A message from Mark Knopfler

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As a Patron of the charity, Mark Knopfler holds the charity close to his heart and supports us wherever possible.