In August, bad weather forced the postponement of a charity golf day in memory of Sunderland fan, Kevin Outhwaite.

Thankfully, the rain largely held off for the rearranged event at Ramside Hall, Durham, today (23 October), as almost 100 golfers came together to raise funds for our Foundation – including Sir Bobby’s family.

Kevin Outhwaite, from Tunstall, was just 36 when he died from skin cancer in 2010.

A plumber with Gentoo, Kevin had been a fundraiser for our Foundation and organised a hugely successful dinner dance at the Roker Hotel. It was his way of saying thank you for the cancer care he received in both Durham and Newcastle.

That charity tradition has been continued by his family and friends and this was the 10th annual golf competition in Kevin’s memory. This year, organised within local COVID-19 safety restrictions.

His Dad, John, brother, Ian, and nephews, Nathan, Jake and Luke, joined friends to play golf and to remember Kevin.

Ian Outhwaite, Kevin’s brother, says: “Kev’s friends and our family have always had a close bond and organising this event brings us even closer. Andrew Oliver is the glue who holds us all together but he’s having to self-isolate this week, so he’s missed being here. He’s still been helping on video calls but I think we’ve all realised how much work he normally does!

“It takes a lot to put this event on every year and it really means a huge amount to the family. I think Kev would be proud of us all for continuing what he believed in.”

Sir Bobby’s son, Andrew Robson, entered a team along with his brother, Mark, cousin, John Rowntree, and Sir Bobby’s friend and charity trustee, Dr John Mackay. Lady Elsie also came to wish everyone well before the competition teed off.

Andrew says: “It’s a great pleasure for us to be at the 10th annual golf day in memory of Kevin Outhwaite. His family and friends have done so well to make the event happen given everything that’s happening this year.

“This is such a positive way to remember Kevin and we appreciate all the effort that goes into the day.”