A CHARITY is celebrating success following the North East Regional Charity Awards.

Carol Gaskarth, chief executive of the Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP), in Newton Aycliffe, was highly commended in the charity leader of the year category at the ceremony.

The leader joined the PCP in 2002 and progressed to the role of chief executive in 2013.

Barry Knevitt, PCP chair of trustees said: “Carol is a truly inspirational person who totally deserves this recognition due to her commitment not only to the PCP, but to the voluntary sector in general. Making a difference motivates her and this passion together with her leadership and entrepreneurial style has been instrumental in shaping the PCP and other partnership work, locally and further afield."

During the awards, PCP was highly commended in the North-East charity of the year category.

Award host Anna Foster from BBC Newcastle described PCP as ‘a well respected, forward thinking and proactive organisation.'

Mrs Gaskarth said: “We had a brilliant awards night learning about the outstanding work of the charitable sector across the North-East. To share the occasion with the trustees, my colleagues, service users and family was extra special."