Jarrow Arrow joins sporting stars to raise cash for children with charity golf day

Steve Cram tee'd off with some of the region's biggest sports celebrities at a Northumberland golf course to raise money for a children's charity

Athletics hero Steve Cram joined 30 stars from the world of sport at a Northumberland golf course to raise thousands of pounds for needy children.

The world champion athlete and commentator, who hails from Jarrow, was at Slaley Hall for the eleventh Steve Cram Celebrity Golf Day in aid of children’s charity COCO.

More than 30 sporting celebrities joined business leaders from across the region to play golf and raise money for the charity which was co-founded by Cram and former British Army Major Jim Panton in 2000.

The charity works with communities in remote regions of the developing world to alleviate the poverty that prevents children’s education.

COCO focuses on small, sustainable, community led initiatives that can make a big difference at a local level.

Since its foundation, the North East-based charity has raised over £3 million and is currently working with project partners in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.

Cram was joined by other Olympic medallists such as Daley Thompson, Zac Purchase, Robbie Grabarz, and recent bronze medal winning curlers Eve Muirhead and Vicki Adams.

The region’s sport was represented at Slaley by the likes of Steve Harmison, Steve Harper, Geoff Cook, Ritchie Pitt and Micky Horswill.

Other sports stars who supported the event included Phil Brown, Doddie Weir, Willie Thorne, Brian Whittle, Andy Nichol and Chris Paterson.

“The eleventh COCO celebrity golf day was a fantastic event and as always, the De Vere Slaley Hall proved to be a wonderful setting,” said Cram. “The weather gods were kind to us and we enjoyed a great turnout of celebrities.

“Once again, North East businesses really got behind the golf day and we had 40 teams competing on the two great courses.

“I am really grateful to everyone who has supported COCO today; together, we’re raising thousands of pounds that will be invested into projects that will make a huge difference to the lives of children in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.”

The Steve Cram Celebrity Golf Day was sponsored by Grosvenor Casinos and supported by Nike, De Vere Slaley Hall, Berghaus, Potts Printers and Desert Springs Golf Resort.


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