Alan gets fundraising for his Foundation off to a tee

30 September 2013

Alan's golf pose

Football legend Alan Shearer has been getting into the swing and putting in some relentless golf practice in a drive to raise funds for his charity this week.

Preparing for the third annual Alan Shearer Foundation members' Golf Trophy at Close House on Thursday Alan said:

"I've been getting a lot of practice in and the pressure is on! My team lifted the trophy last year so I'm determined to lead my team to victory this year too."

Alan has been training by playing in charity matches both in the UK and abroad recently, as well as being scheduled to play in a celebrity golf day at Close House tomorrow (Tuesday 1 October) raising funds for his Foundation. But his ultimate challenge came a fortnight ago when he was sponsored to play 18 holes on 18 different golf courses in a single day. The feat raised £20,000 for the Alan Shearer Foundation.

"The 18 hole challenge was tiring but great a great way to raise funds. It was a good warm up for what promises to be a fantastic contest on Thursday. It's terrific for me to play golf but it's even better when I know that I'm raising funds for my Foundation," said Alan.

Because of Alan's keen interest in the sport the annual golf event was established as a fundraiser for the charity and attracts support from Close House Club members, North East businesses and celebrity players including, this year, Alan's former Newcastle teammate Rob Lee and ex-England cricketer John Morris.