A North East cancer charity has passed the £9 million fundraising mark.
Football stars from across the North East stood united today in the name of Sir Bobby Robson.
The cancer foundation whixh works in his name today announced it had passed the £9 million fundraising mark - on the same day as its celebrity golf day, held at Rockliffe Hall Hotel, in Hurworth-on-Tees.
Sponsored by Pin Point Recruitment, the event brings together current and former representatives of Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs to raise money for local people facing cancer.
Those in attendance included Alan Shearer, former NUFC legend and patron of the charity, and former Sunderland player Michael Gray.
Alan said: “Sir Bobby’s sadly left us but he’s left something very special behind with this charity.
“The funds that have been raised, and the work which has been carried out, is absolutely staggering and it continues to get bigger and better.
“We’ve got a fantastic day here. It’s a great venue and great people coming together, many travelling from all over the country to be here.“It’ll be competitive and great fun but mainly today is about raising money and awareness of a great cause.”
Michael added: “[The event] galvanises everybody from the North East and brings them together, and that can only be good for the area.
“I feel very proud to be part of it. Sir Bobby had the amazing knack of bringing people together when he walked into a room you knew he was there.
“He was a ‘head turner’ and a true gentleman, not just in sport, but in every walk of life.”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds projects, including the clinical trials of new drugs, that directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria and which contribute significantly to international research into cancer.
Former cricketer and Newcastle United fan Graeme Swann also attended to support the event.
He said: “Sir Bobby transcended those barriers between and football clubs and supporters. Very, very few people do that and he was possibly the most popular England manager ever.
“Cancer doesn’t care who you support or how many goals you scored last year or whatever, it will affect everybody sooner or later.
“It’s vital that organisations like this Foundation exist and the fact that Sir Bobby’s name is attached to this one makes it extra special.”
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