North East football united at Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Hurworth-on-Tees, to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation – on the day (30 September) the Foundation announced it has passed the £9million fundraising mark.
The Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day, sponsored by Pin Point Recruitment, is a popular fixture on the region’s golf calendar and brings together current and former representatives of Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs to raise money for local people facing cancer.
Organised by Sir Bobby’s family, the event sold out well in advance and the venue was, once again, beautiful Rockliffe Hall Hotel, near Darlington.
A host of famous faces attended, including Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Patron, Alan Shearer.
Alan says: “Sir Bobby’s sadly left us but he’s left something very special behind with this charity.
“The funds that have been raised, and the work which has been carried out, is absolutely staggering and it continues to get bigger and better.
“We’ve got a fantastic day here. It’s a great venue and great people coming together, many travelling from all over the country to be here. It’ll be competitive and great fun but mainly today is about raising money and awareness of a great cause.”
Former Sunderland AFC player, Michael Gray, says: “The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Golf Day has been going for a few years now and it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s amazing to see how much the Foundation has raised with days like this. It galvanises everybody from the North East and brings them together, and that can only be good for the area.
“I feel very proud to be part of it. Sir Bobby had the amazing knack of bringing people together when he walked into a room you knew he was there. He was a ‘head turner’ and a true gentleman, not just in sport, but in every walk of life.
“I think that’s why his name can still galvanise this area. The Foundation’s message is very important, every little bit of support helps and it will keep getting stronger, bigger and better the more people that get involved in it.”
Middlesbrough Football Club Chief Executive, Neil Bausor, says: “The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is a cause very close to our hearts at Middlesbrough and we are delighted the Celebrity Golf Day is now a highlight on the annual calendar.
“It’s a great day out for all the teams to raise much-needed funds for the detection and treatment of cancer.”
Former cricketer, Graeme Swann, is a fan of Newcastle United and great supporter of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Graeme says: “Today is about the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and, for me personally, it’s a great opportunity to play with some of my football heroes like Alan Shearer and Steve Harper.
“Sir Bobby transcended those barriers between and football clubs and supporters. Very, very few people do that and he was possibly the most popular England manager ever.
“Cancer doesn’t care who you support or how many goals you scored last year or whatever, it will affect everybody sooner or later.
“It’s vital that organisations like this Foundation exist and the fact that Sir Bobby’s name is attached to this one makes it extra special.”