Charities set to benefit at basketball match

Lady Elsie with representatives of the Percy Hedley Foundation, United Carlton and the Eagles.

Lady Elsie with representatives of the Percy Hedley Foundation, United Carlton and the Eagles.

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A borough charity is one of two to benefit from the success of a basketball team.

Print services specialist United Carlton is teaming up with the Newcastle Eagles championship-winning basketball team to help the two charities this week.

We are very grateful for the opportunity to show what our Foundation does to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and United Carlton

Adam Parry, sports development manager at Percy Hedley Foundation

The Gateshead-based firm will be raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Forest Hall-based Percy Hedley Foundation at the British Basketball League Playoffs quarter-final game on Friday, April 24.

To promote the fundraising activity for the two charities, the Eagles visited the Percy Hedley Sports Academy on Tuesday, along with Lady Elsie Robson and representatives from United Carlton.

In addition to meeting Percy Hedley students and staff, the Eagles showcased some of their skills and played a lively game of wheelchair basketball.

Friday’s match, at Sport Central, is the culmination of a very successful season for the Eagles – who are already confirmed as BBL Cup and BBL Trophy winners, League champions and looking to add the BBL Playoffs to complete a stunning clean sweep of 2015 silverware.

Lady Elsie, from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, said: “It’s been a very special afternoon meeting some very special people. The facilities provided by the Percy Hedley Foundation are marvellous.

“The Eagles are having an incredible season and they’re all so focussed. It was extremely good of the team to take the time out to help us promote the charity side of Friday’s game.

“We’re very proud to be involved with this fundraising activity alongside the Percy Hedley Foundation and grateful to everyone involved.”

United Carlton’s managing director, John Watson, said: “My colleagues and I met some truly inspirational young people and dedicated staff and found it a very humbling experience.

“We are also delighted to be supportive of Lady Elsie and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation too, and were impressed by the dedication of Charles Smith and his team from the Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.

“Friday evening will give fans the opportunity to enjoy a great game, have a good night out and help two of the region’s leading charities at the same time and, having seen the Eagles in action, we’re confident it’ll be a big success.”

Newcastle Eagles captain, Charles Smith, said: “It was a real honour for me and the players to meet Lady Elsie and to participate in the Wheelchair Basketball and to also demonstrate what we do in training.

“We hope to see a big crowd at Sport Central on Friday and please support these two fantastic charities.”

Adam Parry, sports development manager at Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “We are very grateful for the opportunity to show what our Foundation does to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and United Carlton.

“Many thanks to United Carlton for organising this and presenting us with this opportunity and thanks also to the Eagles players who took time out of a very busy schedule to come and see us and also meet our students.

“It was a real team effort to bring this together and looking forward to seeing the same on Friday night.”

For further information and tickets telephone (0191) 245 3880.

Those wishing to donate can visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/unitedcarlton