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Star-studded Charity Drive Raises Vital Funds At Slaley

3rd October 2011 11:28AM

Football legend Alan Shearer, Olympic Gold Medallist Jonathan Edwards and a host of other celebrities tee’d off the annual ‘Prince’s Trust Benfield Celebrity Golf Day’ (September 30) in support of disadvantaged youngsters across the North East.

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The star-studded event, held at Slaley Hall, is one of the most important regional fundraisers in the youth charity’s calendar and is generously sponsored by The Benfield Motor Group.
 
Celebrities attending the prestigious event included England and Durham Cricketer Steve Harmsion, TV Celebrity Ralph Little, Newcastle United legends Rob Lee and John Beresford, Durham CCC Cricketers Phil Mustard, Graham Onions, Neil Killeen, England and Yorkshire Cricketer Jonny Bairstow and North East Football legend Paul Bracewell  who all helped to raise awareness about the youth charity’s valuable work.
 
Over 200 guests from businesses around the UK enjoyed full access to Slayley Hall’s 1000 acres Northumberland moorland and forest, a champagne reception and trophy presentation.
 
Money raised on the day will go towards running The Prince’s Trust’s programmes in the North East, giving disadvantaged young people the qualifications and experience to help them get a job.
 
Alan Shearer said: “I’m delighted to support the ‘Prince’s Trust Benfield Golf Day’. Young people are the future of the North East and it is vital we give them the support they need to reach their potential. I’ve been a supporter of the Prince’s Trust for a long time and I have seen the great work they are doing in the region. It’s fantastic to see so many companies like Benfield and their customers supporting such worthy causes at the same time as enjoying a round of golf.”
 
David Beavis Regional Director for The Prince’s Trust said “With rising levels of youth unemployment, our work supporting disadvantaged young people is now more important than ever.  Fundraising activities like the golf day are vital in helping us to continue to helping repetition of word helping local young people and their communities.”
 
Mark Squires, Chief Executive, Benfield Motor Group, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with The Prince’s Trust yet again to sponsor another fantastic golf day. The Trust’s work at a local level is making a real difference to the lives of young people in the North East and as a family owned business Benfield is proud to support them in the communities and region we serve.”

The Prince’s Trust supported more than 3,900 13-30 year olds in the North East last year with three in four of them going on to work, education or training.
 
The youth charity, which works with those who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law needs to raise around £1 million a week to continue its valuable work across the UK.
 
For information on The Prince’s Trust visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/northeast.