Jonathan Ruffer wins Philanthropist of the Year Award

Jonathan Ruffer, the visionary behind Auckland Castle Trust and Eleven Arches has been named Philanthropist of the Year at the prestigious Spear's Wealth Management Awards.

The Awards - billed as ‘the Oscars of the private banking world’- acknowledge and honour entrepreneurs and philanthropists for their innovation, success and outstanding contribution.

Jonathan Ruffer, whose background is in Investment Management, received the Philanthropist of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to the regeneration of Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

To achieve Jonathan’s mission of reinvigorating the town through social and economic regeneration, Eleven Arches was formed in 2014 to produce a spectacular live action show, whose cast and crew are comprised entirely of volunteers from the area, having been professionally trained in an array of performance and technical skills. ’Kynren – an epic tale of England’ takes place on a vast open-air stage hewn from the land beneath Auckland Castle, with more than 100,000 visitors experiencing it in its opening season in 2016.

Jonathan said: “I am very honoured to have received this award and I intend to share it with everyone who supports this vision of community, collaboration and a renewed legacy for County Durham. I believe that to bring about real change we must not do things to, or even for, the community but instead work with them towards a common goal. Over the past few years the Auckland Castle Trust and Eleven Arches have been working hard to oxygenate the surrounding region and serve as a catalyst for real change to offer everyone a chance to experience the beauty of faith, art, heritage and culture. In doing so we have an opportunity to create great economic impact for the town and wider county”.

Kynren will be back in July 2017, even bigger, better and brighter than before. Tickets will be on sale by the end of November.