ALAN Shearer and a host of other footballers were among the golfers swinging into action at The Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day.
Sponsored by Goldchip, this is the second annual golf day in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the cancer charity the former England manager launched in 2008.
Sir Bobby’s sons Mark and Andrew were also there.
The event was also supported by current and former players and management from Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland including Tony Mowbray, Jason Steele, Nicky Bailey, Dean Gordon, Craig Hignett, Neil Bausor, Steve Harper, John Beresford, Paul Kitson, Rob Lee, Steve Howey and Lee Cattermole.
Teams for The Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day sold out well in advance and, after playing 18 holes, golfers will go on to enjoy dinner crafted by Rockliffe Hall’s Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson, a special auction and evening of entertainment.
Lady Elsie said: “I’m very pleased to be doing this golf day for a second year.
“The event’s been wonderfully well supported once again by the region’s football clubs and former footballers, including our patron Alan Shearer, and we’re very grateful to all of them.
“It’s a nice opportunity for representatives of the different football clubs in the area to come together and have relaxed day.
“And we are proud that they are doing so in my husband’s name.
“We were very pleased to have sold out teams so far in advance of the day and certainly this is an event we would hope to continue.
“It’s a very special fundraiser for our charity and the money raised will make a real difference in the fight against cancer.
Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise just over £4m to help find more effective treatments for cancer.
It funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria, and which contribute significantly to research into the disease.
The foundation’s medical trustees are always looking for the next breakthrough, the next promising investment into cancer equipment or training and always looking to fulfil Sir Bobby’s ambition to help other people facing the hard fight against cancer.
It is supported in that aim by committed patrons including Alan Shearer, Niall Quinn, Steve Gibson, Delia Smith and Mick Mills.