Since 2010, a very special annual golf day celebrating the memory of Kevin Outhwaite from Tunstall has brought together family and friends to raise money for us.

Kevin, an avid Sunderland fan, was just 36 when he died from cancer. During the last months of his life, he was a fundraiser for our Foundation.

The Kevin Outhwaite Golf Day, held at Ramside Hall, has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the years and is organised by Andy Oliver from High Barnes.

Andy says: “Kevin was a very good friend, so this is always an emotional day. It’s really important that we keep that connection to Kev and everyone who puts in a team or supports the event knew him in some way. His dad, brother and nephews help out every year and I’d like to thank the Charity Escapes, Sunderland’s Fans Museum, the Ramside and everyone involved with the day.

Sir Bobby and Kevin Outhwaite

“Playing golf in the sun is always a great way to spend a day but it’s even better when you know you’re helping a charity that’s doing so much good. And I think Kev would be happy we’re all doing something together.”

Lady Elsie once again came along to support the day and Sunderland’s Alex Pritchard called in and had his photograph taken with her and supporters from the Fans Museum.

John and Ian Outhwaite

Kevin’s brother, Ian Outhwaite from East Herrington, adds: “The whole day went off really well and we all enjoyed it. None of us will ever forget Kev but it’s special to get together and remember him like this.

“It might sound daft but you can just feel the love all day and, for me and my dad especially, it’s great to know everyone still has such amazing memories of Kev.”

Event supporters, The Fans Museum, with Lady Elsie and Sunderland’s Alex Pritchard