FOOTBALL legend Alan Shearer joined a host of North East stars at the annual Prince's Trust's golf tournament at Northumberland's Matfen Hall to raise cash for disadvantaged youngsters across the region.
The star-studded event, which is one of the most important regional fundraisers in the youth charity's calendar, was generously sponsored by the Benfield Motor Group.
Former Newcastle United stars John Beresford and Rob Lee, Newcastle Falcon Steve Bates, Sunderland AFC player Paul Bracewell and football sensations Jack Charlton and Steve Stone all attended to raise awareness about the youth charity's valuable work.
Over 90 guests enjoyed full access to Matfen's 300 acres of mature parkland, a champagne reception and trophy presentation.
The Prince's Trust - which works with young people aged from 14 to 30, who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law - is the UK's leading youth charity and helps youngsters into work, education and training.
David Beavis, North East regional director of the Trust, said: "Our region has seen a 58% rise in youth unemployment in the last year alone, meaning that our work supporting disadvantaged young people is needed now more than ever."
He added: "Fundraising activities like today's golf tournament will directly support local young people and the communities they live in. My heartfelt gratitude goes to our sponsor, Benfield, our celebrity supporters and all of our golfing guests."
Newcastle and England star Shearer said: "The Prince's Trust is a worthy cause and Matfen Hall is a superb course. I've been supporting the Trust for some time now and I always enjoy the annual golf tournament. The money raised today will change many young lives right here in the North East."
Shearer played in a team entered by the Benfield Motor Group.
Despite their best efforts none of the guests managed a hole in one despite the incentive of a brand new car - a Kia Picanto provided by Benfield Motor Group and a Ford Ka donated by Cramlington Ford, which were up for grabs at the 8th and 17th tees respectively.
For information on The Prince's Trust visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/northeast.