Ant and Dec tee off to help region's young

GEORDIE TV stars Ant and Dec will be will be back in their native North East to do their bit for charity – and family.

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GEORDIE TV stars Ant and Dec will be will be back in their native North East to do their bit for charity – and family.

The Bafta award-wining comedians will join other famous faces for a celebrity golf tournament in aid of a youth village that helps young people to develop and to achieve their full potential.

And Dec will be supporting a familiar face because his brother – Father Dermott Donnelly – is a director of the Allensford Youth Village near Consett, County Durham.

In May Ant and Dec will take part in the golf tournament at Slaley Hall in Northumberland alongside One Show and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker, actor Tim Healy and Strictly Come Dancing’s James Jordan.

The day will be rounded off with a Celebrity Gala Dinner at Slaley Hall, including a drinks reception, live entertainment and an auction in the hope of raising £60,000 for the centre.

Father Donnelly said: “The Celebrity Golf Day is our biggest fundraising event of the year and promises to be as exciting as ever.

“We know the current economic climate is proving challenging for many people and companies but without their continued support we would not be able continue the very important work we do through the Youth Ministry Team. Every pound we raise really does count, and means so much to the young people who spend time at the Youth Village and we would urge anyone who is able to support us – in whatever way they can – to do so.”

The village offers modern facilities and accommodation to support the development of young people. It houses an international team of volunteers and staff dedicated to helping young people to reach their potential.

Ant and Dec officially opened the Village in 2009 in the company of local councillors, headteachers, children representing all Catholic secondary schools, clergy, youth groups and businesses. The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham, blessed the Centre.

The site has en-suite residential chalets all with communal lounge and kitchen areas as well as a large communal dining room and auditorium. It can cater for up to 100 guests.

It is available to schools and groups, Christian and otherwise, who can use the facilities for retreats, study weekends and field trips.

To book at table or team for the golf day on May 13, or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact Christine at the Youth Village on 01207 592244 or email


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