CHARITIES have joined forces to raise more than £15,000.
Sunderland AFC’s official charity, the Foundation of Light, and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation held a joint football-themed fund-raising race day which took place the day before the start of the Barclays Premier League, earlier this month.
The event, which took place at Newcastle Racecourse, was attended by former SAFC striker and Foundation of Light Ambassador, Marco Gabbiadini, and Lady Elsie Robson.
BBC’s Total Sport programme, featuring former SAFC captain Gary Bennett, Simon Pryde and John Anderson, also broadcast live from the event.
Foundation of Light event coordinator, Jemma Garrett, said: “Although there is a fantastic rivalry on the pitch, it’s great to see that fans of both Sunderland and Newcastle can come together for the greater good.
“We’d like to thank event sponsors Leighton, our special guests Lady Elsie and Marco Gabbiadini, the BBC Total Sport team, Newcastle Racecourse, All Things Fun and everyone in attendance who made it such an enjoyable day.”
Guests enjoyed a three course lunch, race card and post-race entertainment including a live auction featuring NUFC and SAFC prizes. Professional tipster Roger Hart also offered some expert guidance to those placing a bet.
Lady Elsie Robson spoke on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“We’re very grateful to everyone who supported the event and to the Foundation of Light for their hard work in organising it and splitting the money between the two charities,” she said.
“It was a very special day and we’re so pleased it raised such a lot of money too.”
The Foundation of Light works with tens of thousands of people every year in education, sport, health and employability programmes.
It relies on fund-raising for 90 per cent of project costs, which total more than £3 million each year.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation helps find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer, including the clinical trials of new drugs, and directly benefits patients from across the North East and Cumbria.