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Newcastle United legend leaves massive legacy

6 years ago
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As a player, proud Geordie Charlie Crowe gave it his all for Newcastle United.

Later he became Captain but will always be best remembered for being part of that great 1951 FA Cup winning team that overcame Stanley Matthews and his Blackpool team at Wembley.

In later life Charlie took on an even bigger challenge, to help raise £1.5m to pay for a powerful magnetic scanner, which would be based at the Newcastle University Campus for ageing and vitality.

The cutting edge kit will boost research into a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cardio-vascular related diseases and boost neuroscience research.

When the fundraising began for the Charlie Crowe Scanner Appeal, the former United star was already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Sadly, Charlie died during the fundraising but daughter Leslie and his wife Ruth continued to help push the effort.

That fundraising is now complete and The Charlie Crowe Scanner Suite has now been officially opened by Charlie’s wife and daughter, with the Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, carried out the inaugural scan.

Diabetes expert Professor Roy Taylor;

“This piece of equipment will allow us to power ahead with our research into all kinds of conditions and diseases, including dementia, diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.”

Congratulations to all involved, another great day for the region and a fitting legacy to one of the north east’s own.

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