BLACK and white hero Alan Shearer thanked the North East for its support to raise money for the Foundation that carries his name.
And he teed off at Close House Hotel and Golf Course at Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, with a host of friends for the annual Alan Shearer Foundation Golf Day.
The former Newcastle United and England hero aims to raise £250,000 a year through the Alan Shearer Foundation which helps disabled people and their families.
And yesterday, as he led the fund-raising golf day, he said: “I have got three happy and healthy kids - and not everyone is as fortunate as we are. It is so difficult for parents who have kids with disabilities and when you go to the Alan Shearer Foundation Centre and see the smiles on the children’s faces, and the enjoyment they get out of the centre, whether it’s the cinema room, the swimming pool or the sensory room, it puts a smile on my face and many other people’s faces, and that’s why I’m involved.
“I can’t thank the people of the North East enough for their kindness and generosity, especially the many businesses who are playing in the golf day up at Close House today.
“What I can promise is that every single penny raised goes into the Foundation. It’s such a great cause.”
The aim of the day was to help raise essential funds for disabled children and adults throughout the region who will visit the Alan Shearer Centre in West Denton, Newcastle this year, along with the families caring for them who desperately need support.
Because of Alan’s keen interest in golf, this is now an annual fundraising event for the Foundation in the North East calendar.
Businesses from across the region played along with celebrity players such as Alan’s former NUFC teammate Rob Lee, and ex England cricketer John Morris.
Twenty-two teams in total took part, each receiving a spectacular bag containing a specially packaged England ‘96 football shirt commemorating England’s 4-1 win over the Netherlands - each individually signed by Alan.
Alan donated £320,000 of his testimonial receipts in 2006 to St Cuthbert’s Care, enabling the establishment of the Alan Shearer Centre the following year. The Foundation is part of St Cuthberts Care and marks Alan’s continuing commitment to children and adults with profound disabilities.
Its purpose is to raise at least £250,000 each year to benefit thousands of people throughout the North East through Alan’s namesake services; The Alan Shearer Activity Centre, The Alan Shearer Short Break Centre and now the Alan Shearer Specialist Residential Home.
The charity’s patrons also include Ant and Dec, Lady Elsie Robson and North East former businessman, Mike Browne.