Sports stars known for their fancy footwork and record breaking feats went head-to-head on the golf course for a charity fundraising event.
Newcastle United player Alan Shearer, long jumper Jonathan Edwards and England and Durham cricketer Steve Harmison were among those who gathered to tee off at Slaley Hall golf course in Northumberland.
The day-long event in aid of The Prince’s Trust finished with a gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead with performances from stand-up comedian Omid Djalili and X-Factor star Amelia Lily.
The Prince’s Trust supports more than 3,000 disadvantaged young people in the region aged between 13 and 30 in finding work or gaining qualifications.
Alan Shearer said: “With one in four of young people in the North East struggling to find work at the moment the work of the Prince’s Trust is vital now more than ever.
“I’m so proud that the annual golf tournament continues to raise an incredible amount every year to help disadvantaged youngsters here in the region to get their lives back on track and find work no matter what barriers they are facing.”
All the money raised during the Benfield Golf Day and Gala Dinner will go towards the trust’s projects across the region.
The dinner was also a chance for a fledgling fashion designer from Newcastle to share her story of how the organisation helped her get on in the world of business.
Speaking to the audience Emma Reilly, 32, told of how mental health problems had previously affected her ability to hold down a job and had led to bullying and her becoming more isolated.
After years of struggle she applied for a Prince’s Trust enterprise programme and was given a loan and mentor to help start up her T-shirt design business.
Her new company Brave and Bold Apparel launched online earlier this year.
She said: “Being with The Prince’s Trust has been a godsend. My business mentor gave me extra support, someone to go to with issues and problems.
“I wouldn’t have been in the position I am now without my mentor.”
X-Factor finalist Amelia Lily, 20, from Middlesbrough, announced at the event that she is now a Prince’s Trust ambassador for the North East, and follows in the footsteps of Cheryl Cole.
She said: “I’m extremely proud to be asked to represent the Trust. I know how important it is to have that support to work hard and gain independence.”