Rival football fans on course for charity target

Hope4Kidz's Viv Watts, centre, with Russell Mason, Mick Horswill, Joe Allan, Alan Shoulder, Scott Walton, Jimmy Shoulder, Dave Barton and Nick Sharkey.
Hope4Kidz's Viv Watts, centre, with Russell Mason, Mick Horswill, Joe Allan, Alan Shoulder, Scott Walton, Jimmy Shoulder, Dave Barton and Nick Sharkey.
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Black Cats legend Micky Horswill, who played in the 1973 FA Cup-winning side, joined sporting celebrities from both sides of the River Tyne for the inaugural Red and White versus Black and White fund-raiser.

The event, which was hosted by data and communications firm Select Telecom at the Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham, helped boost the coffers of the Wearside-based Hope4Kidz charity.

Russ Mason, sales director with the Newcastle company, said: “I was impressed with the work of Hope4Kidz and the support given to special needs children.”

Hope4Kidz, in Pennywell, was launched in 2007 to help children and young people suffering from physical or mental disability and poverty.

Viv Watts, chief executive, said: “We’re grateful for all the support – and the weather. It was supposed to go ahead at an earlier date, but we had to postpone it because of the deluges.

“The day we were supposed to play, it couldn’t be sunnier, but the ground was sodden.

“Thankfully, this time round the early fog lifted and it was a nice day.”

The fund-raiser saw the Ramside Hall Hotel donate golf vouchers as a prize for the nearest the pin on the seventh hole and the longest drive on the 18th.

Football legends from Newcastle and Sunderland also took part in question-and-answer sessions.

Micky, who joined ex-Magpie Alan Shoulder on the course, said: “The charity does a great job helping children facing various problems and we try to help out in any way we can.

“The money is well spent and it is specifically for children in the North East, unlike a lot of charities which are spread all over the country.”

For more information about Hope4Kidz, call 534 7788 or 0781 802 3081. Alternatively, email vivien. watts@hope4kidz.org.uk.

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