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Golf Bats Out For Sir Bobby

10 years ago


The inaugural Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Celebrity Golf Day, held last April at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington, was hugely popular, uniting north east football in the fight against cancer and prompting immediate calls for a repeat.

The second Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Celebrity Golf Day, in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, will be held this year on 2nd May and the venue is once again five-star Rockliffe Hall.

Last year’s very high profile event was supported by Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Patrons including Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson, Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer, Sunderland AFC legend Niall Quinn and Sir Bobby’s Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills.

It was also generously supported by Hartlepool United, Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Leeds United and Middlesbrough football clubs, which all entered teams into the golf tournament that included players, former players and management.

The unparalleled line up of football celebrities created a very special atmosphere of unity before and after the golf and ensured strong competition out on the course.

The late Gary Speed, an enthusiastic supporter of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, also attended the inaugural Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Celebrity Golf day and will be a great miss this year.

Lady Elsie says: “My husband thoroughly enjoyed playing golf and nothing would have given him greater pleasure than to see so many good friends from within football coming together like they did at Rockliffe Hall last year.

“It was an absolutely wonderful day in glorious sunshine and we’re extremely pleased that it is going ahead once again.  Alan Shearer and Niall Quinn have kindly agreed to play and we’re receiving great support once again from Steve Gibson.

“We are all looking forward to another very special day at Rockliffe Hall raising funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

In addition to the charity’s Patrons, footballers, former players, executives, managers and coaching staff involved in the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Celebrity Golf Day last year included Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley, Lee Cattermole, Craig Gordon, Michael Turner and Steve Bruce.

Middlesbrough FC was represented by Matthew Bates, Andrew Taylor, Jason Steele and Adam Johnston – who travelled from Manchester to take part.

Hartlepool United’s team comprised Mick Wadsworth, Micky Barron, Ritchie Humphreys and Russ Green and Leeds United’s was made up of Alex Bruce, Billy Paynter, Paul Connolly and Ross McCormack.

In addition, Newcastle United was represented by Mick Martin, John Beresford, Alan Pardew, John Carver, Steve Stone, Andy Woodman, Ryan Taylor, Alan Smith, Shefki Kuqi, Shola Ameobi, James Perch, Tim Krul, Peter Lovenkrands, Steven Taylor, Steve Harper and Joey Barton.

Teams for the 2012 Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Celebrity Golf Day cost £545 and consist of four amateurs, or three amateurs plus a celebrity who is provided.  The day includes a full buffet breakfast, 18 holes, drinks reception, dinner crafted by Rockliffe Hall’s Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson, a very special auction and evening entertainment.

Alternatively, strictly limited numbers of tables for the evening drinks reception and dinner only are available.

Teams, dinner tables and sponsorship opportunities, including a golf hole, hole in one, nearest the pin and on course refreshments, are available now.  For further information please email [email protected] or call 07782 109 758 or 0191 251 2222.

Since Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the charity in 2008, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised over £3.9 million to help find more effective treatments for cancer.

It funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria, including the clinical trials of drugs at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre.

To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information please visit or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.


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