Race day raises thousands for charity.
Two of the North East’s leading charities joining forces to host a special football-themed race day have raised more than £15,000.
Taking place at Newcastle Racecourse earlier this month, the event raised funds which will be split between Sunderland AFC’s community charity the Foundation of Light and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Held on the eve of the new Barclays Premier League season a football theme was prevalent throughout the day.
BBC’s Total Sport programme, featuring Simon Pryde, Gary Bennett and John Anderson, broadcast live from the event giving their predictions for NUFC and SAFC’s upcoming seasons as well as taking questions from the guests in attendance.
Lady Elsie Robson and former SAFC striker and Foundation of Light Ambassador Marco Gabbiadini also attended.
Guests enjoyed Premier Admission to the Gosforth Park Suite, three course lunch, race card and post-race entertainment including a live auction featuring some fantastic NUFC and SAFC prizes.
Professional tipster Roger Hart was also on hand throughout the day to offer some expert guidance to those placing a bet.
Foundation of Light Event Coordinator Jemma Garrett commented: “We’d like to thank event sponsors Leighton, our special guests Lady Elsie and Marco Gabbiadini, the BBC Total Sport team, Newcastle Racecourse, All Things Fun and everyone in attendance who made it such an enjoyable day. Although there is a fantastic rivalry on the pitch it’s great to see that fans of both Sunderland and Newcastle can come together for the greater good.”
On behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Lady Elsie said: “We had a marvellous afternoon at the Races. I think everyone did, although I didn’t win much money. We’re very grateful to everyone who supported the event and to the Foundation of Light for their hard work in organising it and splitting the money between the two charities. It was a very special day and we’re so pleased it raised such a lot of money too.”
The Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, working with tens of thousands of people every year in education, sport, health and employability programmes. Structurally and financially independent of the football club the Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs, of more than £3m each year.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation helps find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer, including the clinical trials of new drugs, and directly benefits patients from across the North East and Cumbria.