Newcastle United goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman is giving a helping hand to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
The Collingwood Insurance Beeswing Ladies Day attracts more than 20,000 people to Newcastle Racecourse in High Gosforth Park, with people taking the opportunity to dress up to the nines.
And this year, Magpies coach Andy Woodman is creating a special event through his hospitality company Number 1 Promotions to help raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Having lost his mum, Gail, to cervical cancer when he was 17, Andy is keen to support the charity.
He said: “Losing my mum to cancer when I was so young was incredibly hard.
“I was a young footballer then and she’d always been my biggest supporter. My brother and I just didn’t believe she would die.
“Cancer is a very cruel disease and sadly too many people have to go through what we all did. That’s why it’s so important to keep supporting charities like the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
“I never had the pleasure of meeting Sir Bobby in person but he feels ever present at the club training ground.
“There’s a huge picture of him on the wall of the manager’s office so he’s there every day when we have our morning meeting. It’s like he’s keeping an eye on us all.
“I’ve heard so many stories about him and been to events raising money for his charity. The work it funds is amazing and I’m really proud to be doing my bit to help.”
For the last 11 years, Andy has run similar hospitality events at the Epsom Derby raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.
Guests in the Number 1 Promotions Luxury Pavilion and Enclosure will spend Ladies Day rubbing shoulders with sports and showbusiness celebrities while helping to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Andy added: “We’ve had great support and enthusiasm for the event from everyone here at the racecourse and from Newcastle’s players and staff. I’m really grateful for that.
“With every event like this there’s a moment afterwards when you feel you’ve achieved something important. Because this is helping Sir Bobby and raising money to help cancer patients I know it will be a particularly special moment this time.”
The Collingwood Insurance Beeswing Ladies Day is on Saturday, July 27.
For more information visit www.no1promotions.com or call Number 1 Promotions on 08450 569360.