Derby fans’ fund-raiser

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BLACK Cats fans have passed on hundreds of pounds in fund-raised cash to a life-saving charity.

As reported in the Echo, Sunderland and Newcastle United supporters took part in a dress rehearsal game ahead of tomorrow’s derby match for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The game was held in memory of 22-year-old Magpies fan Jamie Wright, who died suddenly last month.

SAFC fans came out on top in the game, winning 2-1 against their rivals, in a match that raised £500 for the worthy cause.

With bragging rights up for grabs it was a very competitive match which included a disallowed goal and two missed penalties.

Representatives from the two teams met Sir Bobby’s widow Lady Elsie to pass on the money.

Lady Elsie said: “I’m very grateful to everyone involved in the match for raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“It’s a big week in the North East football calendar and it means a great deal to me to see black and white and red and white united in this way to remember Jamie.

“My husband always enjoyed the derby game and I hope it’s an entertaining game for both sets of supporters.”

Since its launch in March 2008, the Foundation has raised £3.5million to help find more effective treatments for cancer, directly benefiting cancer patients from across the North East.

Jamie’s brother Jordan Wright, who played for the Newcastle side, said: “It’s a fitting tribute to my kid as he taught me to play football because our dad was ill.

“Jamie was a massive Toon fan and even though he had agoraphobia he would try his best to get to games.

“I think giving all the proceeds to charity is what he would want as he was a giving and very caring person.”

To make a donation go to or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.