Free short breaks and activities announcement delights Alan Shearer

April 2011

Alan Shearer with children at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre

St Cuthberts Care Chief Executive, Austin Donohoe made three important announcements at an event held at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre on Monday, 4 April.

New patrons - Alan Shearer, his wife, Lainya and former SCS Chairman, Mike Browne - joined Austin as he revealed details of the charity's plans to give away free overnight stays at the Alan Shearer Short Break Centre. Speaking to the gathered guests and media, Austin said,
"Respite care is something carers cannot do without and some could be pushed to breaking point if access to respite care is reduced or taken away.  We couldn't stand by and let that happen.  As a charity we are able to take action and have chosen to lend our support by offering these free short breaks."

In addition to the short break give-away, Austin also announced that the Alan Shearer Activity Centre was now free, making the centre and its unique facilities, designed specifically for disabled adults and children, readily available to everyone.

Finally, it was revealed that everyone at St Cuthberts Care were delighted to have secured an eminent list of patrons.  Joining Lainya and Alan Shearer and Mike Browne are Lady Elsie Robson and Ant McPartlin who joins his show business partner, Dec on the board of patrons.

Following the announcements, Alan Shearer described his pride in the centre and his delight that it was providing such a valuable service. 
"I can't tell you the satisfaction I get out of driving along the A69 and seeing a sign for the Alan Shearer Centre.  I'm told nearly 700 or 800 people use this place a week, so to see my name above that door and to come in here and see the kids that are using it and the satisfaction that they get out of it and putting smiles on their faces, I can't tell you what that does for me."

Pupils and teachers from five local schools – all regular users of the centre - were also at the event and seven year old Bobbi Watson from Thomas Bewick School presented Lainya Shearer with a bouquet.

The event wound up with a tour of the centre, including the new Music Room and Craft Room, and media interviews with Alan Shearer.

The closing date for receiving applications for the free short breaks is 5pm on 2 May.

For details of the free activities available at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre and how to book, visit