Stars out in force to support cancer day

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PAST and present football stars came together for a special fundraising event in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The cancer charity’s Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day and Dinner was held last Wednesday at Rockcliffe Hall, near Darlington, with the north east football community coming out in force in memory of the former Newcastle United and England manager.

The north east’s top football clubs Hartlepool United, Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Middlesbrough all entered golf teams made up of players, former players and management.

Lady Elsie Robson says: “My family, friends and I have been very involved in organising this event and we were looking forward to it.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has bought tickets and contributed prizes and time to help make the day a success.

“I’m especially thankful for the wonderful support we’re receiving from the football community.

“Sadly we’re all affected by cancer in one way or another and it really puts everything else, including football, into perspective. I’m touched that fans and players from so many different football clubs are joining in and supporting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“We hope to raise a good amount of money and awareness through this event and we hope it will be very enjoyable too.”

Since its launch in March 2008, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised £3.3m to help find more effective treatments for cancer.

The charity funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, which directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria.