SHEARER SCORES

Widnes Vikings Magic Weekend campaign, supporting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, has received a huge boost from Newcastle and England football legend, Alan Shearer.

Shearer, who is a patron of Sir Bobby’s Foundation, not only pledged his own support to the Vikings’ ‘Tackling Cancer…I’m on it!’ campaign, but also enlisted fellow England icons Gary Lineker and Ian Wright.

Last year, the Vikings raised £20,000 for the cancer charity by donating profits from special Magic Weekend shirts featuring the Foundation’s logo. This year, every £10 donation to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation made through the Vikings will be rewarded with the donors’ name printed into the fabric of their 2016 special edition Magic Weekend shirt.

The jersey will once again carry the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation logo in place of its primary sponsor and the team will run out at St James’ Park wearing the shirts in May.

A further donation will be made to the charity from the shirt sales, too.

To pledge your support to the ‘Tackling Cancer…I’m on it!” campaign, visit widnesvikings.co.uk or sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk


In Loving Memory

Middleton Lodge will host a charity fundraiser ball for Newcastle’s The Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) on March 18 in memory of Anabelle Rose Taylor, the late daughter of operational manager Glen Taylor, who died in April 2014.

Anabelle was born in December 2013, but was diagnosed with Shone’s Complex, a rare and complex heart defect, at just 17 days old. She was transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where she underwent several tests and operations, including three open heart surgeries, before losing her battle at just 122 days old.

Glen, his wife Rebecca, and their family have since been determined to keep her memory alive by raising as much money as possible for CHUF and have set a target of £122,000 – £1,000 for every day Anabelle was alive.

The ball at Middleton Lodge will provide guests with an opportunity to enjoy an evening of entertainment, including a champagne reception and a three-course meal created by executive chef, Caroline Whalley. All money raised will go to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund.

Tickets for the event are £50 per person and the dress code is black tie.

For more information about the CHUF ball, or to reserve your place, call 01325 377 977 or email [email protected] 


Charity Shoot Out

Raising funds to support The Prince’s Trust, Bond Dickinson’s fifth annual charity clay shoot event on May 20 at Lambton Estate, Chester-le-Street, promises some of the finest simulated game clay shooting in the country.

The day will begin with breakfast in Lambton Castle, before teams depart into over 1,000 acres of Lambton’s parklands for the shoot.

The shoot will consist of a team competition across six flushes of 100 clays, including rabbit, driven partridge, pheasant flush, duck pond, pigeon and high pheasant. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a pool shoot.

Teams will return to a champagne reception, followed by a three-course lunch, charity auction and prize giving and a talk from a celebrity guest speaker.

Entry is limited to 28 teams. Contact Krystle Elder on 0191 279 9342 or email [email protected]


Stepping Up

TV presenter Jeff Stelling will embark on an epic charity walk in March to help tame prostate cancer.

Teaming up with leading men’s health organisation, Prostate Cancer UK, the long-standing Soccer Saturday host will complete 10 walking marathons in 10 days, from boyhood club Hartlepool United to Wembley between March 21-30.

Clocking in at more than 250 miles, Jeff’s Men United March – menunitedmarch.org – will see the 60-year-old check in on 31 football clubs. He will be joined every step of the way by close friend and Hartlepool United chief executive, Russ Green.

Setting off from Victoria Park, home of the League Two club, the duo will head south to Wembley Stadium, joined by famous friends and colleagues.

“Within the next ten years, Prostate Cancer UK believes they will find the answers to make this disease something men and their loved ones no longer fear. I’ve met the scientists who pledge to do this and I can see how dedicated they are. But to do this we need to raise vital funds and I need everyone to support me and all the men affected by prostate cancer by visiting menunitedmarch.org and pledging their support.”


Ramside to Rio

Ramside Hall Hotel will be transformed into Rio de Janeiro for a colourful, carnival-themed charity ball on April 16.

Organised by Andrew Bennett and Calvin Moore, above with patron Denise Welch, the fifth annual Moorbennhall Charity Ball, will be held in aid of Rochdale-based charity, GEM Appeal, which funds research into genetic diseases affecting children across the UK. To date, the ball has raised £50,000 for the appeal.

Guests on the night, including Gogglebox favourite Scarlett Moffatt, celebrity make-up artist Armand Beasley and star of Real Housewives of Cheshire, Ampika Picksto, right, will enjoy a fabulous four-course dinner, as well as live entertainment throughout the night.

Charity patron and TV star, Denise Welch, will also be lending her support on the night to thank the charitable duo for helping a charity that is close to her heart.

Commenting on the ball, Andrew said: “Establishing the Moorbennhall Charity Ball seemed like a natural extension to our own work with young people with learning disabilities and we’re delighted to have raised such a significant sum over the past four years. This year’s event looks set to be one of our most glamorous yet and we can’t wait to see everyone dressed up and shaking their maracas!”

Bronze tickets for The Moorbennhall Charity Ball are priced at £50 per person, including limited seating and a drink on arrival. A Silver option is also available at £65 per person, with the addition of a wine package, while top tier Gold tickets, incorporating preferential seating and a goodie bag, are priced at £85 per person.

For more information, or to book, call Entertainment Today Events Ltd on 01614 840 876 or email [email protected]

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