In December 1986, Simon Jackson (before he took silk) introduced a fundraising raffle to the Circuit’s Christmas celebrations.

The idea was, self-evidently, a good one and so the annual tradition was born.

Over the last thirty years the Circuit has raised almost £200,000 by organising that annual raffle and, in more recent times, a charity auction of lots.

Our fundraising activities are now overseen by a Charity Committee under the watchful eye of the now patron Simon Jackson QC. The trustees are governed by a constitution that is available for inspection upon request.

Patron – Simon Jackson QC

Treasurer – Eleanor Fry

Secretary to the Committee – James Gelsthorpe

Committee Members:            Georgina Goring

                                                Bronia Hartley

                                                Chris Rafferty

                                                Chris Smith

All of our prizes and lots are generously donated by members of the bar and the judiciary or businesses based here in the North East. If you feel able to make a contribution of a raffle prize or auction lot, please contact the NECC Committee by email on

Likewise, the NECC Committee always welcomes suggestions as to the charities it should be making donations towards. Emails setting out your suggested charity and the reasons why it should be considered are always welcome.

Christmas Mess 2016 saw us raise: 

            Raffle                                          £ 5,615.00

            Auction                                       £ 6,678.79

            TOTAL                                        £12,293.79

The proceeds will be distributed over the course of the next few months.

The proceeds from Christmas Mess 2015 were distributed in 2016 to the following charities:

HALT (Women’s Refuge, Leeds)                  Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (Leeds)

Together for Peace (Leeds)                           The Bradford Soup Run      

Bradford Nightstop                                         The Cinderella Club (Bradford)

The Hidden Gem Café (Sheffield)               Survivors (Hull)

The Dementia Café (Teesside)                    5 Senses (Hull)

The People’s Kitchen (Newcastle)              Catch 22 (Prisoner Rehabilitation)