Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson’s sons Andrew and Mark are among the golfers swinging into action at The Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day and Dinner at Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington on Wednesday (2 May).
Sponsored by Goldchip, this is the second annual golf day in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the cancer charity Sir Bobby launched in 2008.
It is also being supported by current and former players and management from Middlesbrough FC, Newcastle United FC and Sunderland AFC including Dean Gordon, Craig Hignett, Neil Bausor, Alan Shearer, Steve Harper, John Beresford, Paul Kitson, Rob Lee, Steve Howey and Lee Cattermole.
Teams for The Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day sold out well in advance and, after playing 18 holes, golfers will go on to enjoy dinner crafted by Rockliffe Hall’s Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson, a very special auction and evening entertainment.
Lady Elsie says: “We’re very grateful to everyone supporting this year’s Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day.
“Last year was a wonderful occasion and something my husband would have thoroughly enjoyed.
“There was a lovely atmosphere and it was wonderful to have so many people coming together to help raise funds for the Foundation.
“Rockliffe Hall are fantastic hosts and I’m very much looking forward to this year’s event.”
Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise £4,095,264 to help find more effective treatments for cancer.
It funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria, and which contribute significantly to research into the disease.
The Foundation’s medical trustees are always looking for the next breakthrough, the next promising investment into cancer equipment or training and always looking to fulfil Sir Bobby’s ambition to help other people facing the hard fight against cancer.
It is supported in that aim by committed Patrons including Alan Shearer, Niall Quinn, Steve Gibson, Delia Smith and Mick Mills.
Sunderland AFC legend Niall Quinn was at Rockliffe Hall for the first Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day last year.
Sadly, despite his best efforts, he is unable to attend this time and says: “The inaugural Sir Bobby Robson golf tournament last year proved to be a fantastic day. I played at Rockliffe along with many others and it was great to see all the clubs of the region represented there.
“I get the feeling Sir Bobby would have loved that. Not just because it illustrated his standing in the game, but because his charity is raising funds which are used to combat cancer across the north east and Cumbria. As Sir Bobby used to say, cancer takes no account of who you are or which team you support.
“I’m very sad that I can’t make it to the event this year. The Foundation remains very close to my heart and I wish good luck to everybody who does take part. I’m sure it’ll be another fantastic occasion.”
To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information please visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.