HE may not have made the longest drive at the annual Sir Bobby Robson Celebrity Golf Day, but Paul Devine walked away with honours for the longest flight.
Joining a number of celebrities, including former Newcastle United player Alan Shearer, Mr Devine flew 4,500 miles to help raise money for the Sir Bobby
Robson Foundation yesterday. The 45-yearold said: “I came first and foremost for the charity. It’s a very worthy cause.
“I have a personal reason for coming also – I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1999 and my wife is currently in remission. Although millions are raised each year for the foundation, I don’t think
we can do enough for it.”
Joining Mr Devine and Shearer on the tee were the likes of Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole and Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray.
Twenty-five teams of four took part in the event, which ended with a meal in Rockliffe Hall Hotel.
Sir Bobby, who fought cancer five times, set up the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 with his wife, Lady Elsie, to raise an initial £500,000.
The money was required to equip a cancer trials research centre at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital and was raised in only seven weeks.
Sir Bobby died in July 2009 and, since then, the fund has raised more than £4m.
Lady Elsie, who attended the event yesterday, said: “I am very pleased to be doing this golf day for a second year.
“The event has been wonderfully well-supported once again by the region’s football clubs and former footballers, including our patron, Alan Shearer, and we are very grateful to all of them.
“It’s a nice opportunity for representatives of the different football clubs in the area to come together and have a relaxed day, and we are proud that they are doing so in my husband’s name.”
Shearer said: “It’s great to be back here again and have a little fun on the golf course.
“I spent many years with Bobby; on the golf course, at the bar drinking with him. He meant so much to so many people, and achieved a lot in his life.”