More than £120,000 to support cancer research in the North East has now been raised by the family and friends of Sunderland fan Kevin Outhwaite.

Kevin, from Tunstall, was just 36 when he died from cancer in 2010. During the last months of his life, he raised money for our Foundation and fundraising has continued in his memory ever since.

A popular golf day is held annually at Ramside Hall and this week more than 80 golfers gathered to play and support us.

Ian Outhwaite, Kevin’s brother, says: “Kev was a fundraiser for the Foundation and after he died, we just thought, well, how can we keep that going?

“This is the 13th year of the golf and we’ve had 21 teams playing. I think 17 or 18 of them have come every year, which is pretty amazing. I’m very proud of the day and the lads that do all the work behind the scenes are like family really.

“For us, it’s important to keep Kev’s memory going and to raise money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The lads always mention the charity when they talk about the day.

“You get the money in and it goes to a special place. As long as it’s helping somebody, you don’t need to know who the people are.”

Kevin Outhwaite with Sir Bobby

Andy Oliver from High Barnes was one of Kevin’s friends and is part of the team who organises the golf day.

Andy says: “We’re really proud of what we’re achieving in Kev’s memory. He was keen to support research into cancer for very personal reasons and this is our way of picking up the baton for him.

“We’re really grateful to everyone who takes a team, donates a prize or helps out every year. It’s always an emotional and very special day for us all.”

In addition to the golf day, Kevin’s nephews, Luke and Nathan Outhwaite, are doing the Great North Run once again this year to raise funds for our Foundation.

We are very grateful to everyone involved in the Kevin Outhwaite Golf Day, including organisers Andy Oliver, Alan Oliver, Scott Falkner, Grant Lawson, Pete Stobbart, Leigh Arkley and Tracey Falkner.