Dancers, carers and refugees give their heartfelt thanks.
Performers from Dance City led the way yesterday with a colourful display outside the bank's Gosforth head office.
Performers from the Newcastle centre entertained staff and customers before putting their money where their mouth is - by opening an account. Finance manager Ian McKeown said: "Following The Journal's lead, Dance City wanted to express their support of Northern Rock in the clearest way possible and open an account with them. Northern Rock have contributed so much to the people of this region and it's our turn now to show our faith in them."
Breakdance champions Bad Taste Cru, due at Dance City in December, presented a cheque from the National Dance Agency.
Other beneficiaries of the foundation also spoke out. The Dementia Care Partnership, of Newcastle, has received pounds 130,136. Its trustees said: "Their interest in organisations like the Dementia Care Partnership is based on the foundation's ethos of caring for people and communities."
Charity Advocacy in Gateshead and South Tyneside has provided advocacy for people with learning disabilities for 10 years and campaigns for them to have full rights as citizens. It received pounds 109,206 for a three-year project to employ a full-time advocate for adults with learning difficulties.
Director Patricia Tatters said: "Without their support, people with learning difficulties in Gateshead wouldn't have anyone independent of services and families to help them speak up for any unjustified actions, or concerns within their environment."
Representing 31 refugee-led groups, Regional Refugee Forum North-East got pounds 569,849 for a three-year training and support project. Chairman Dr Mohamed Nasreldin said: "Northern Rock Foundation is far more than a professional, responsive funder. They are real trail blazers and are constantly setting the agenda and challenging other funders to move with the times.
"They have recognised how crucial it is to support work with the new communities of refugees, fleeing from repression and conflict, who are settling in the region."