The sky's the limit for the Alan Shearer Foundation

March 2013

Richard with Alan Shearer

The Alan Shearer Foundation was all set for take-off today when Newcastle Airport's private aviation facility, Samson Aviation, pledged its support for the year ahead.

It was chocks away for the Foundation as Alan sat in the cockpit of a private ‘plane to launch the partnership with an Alan Shearer Centre regular user, three-year-old Richard Hunter.

"We are absolutely delighted that Samson has come on board with us. In these difficult financial times it's great to have a company like Samson promoting us," said Alan.

Alan added: "We're also pleased to announce that in just seven months we reached the fundraising target we set for the Foundation which means we can reach out to even more people using the centre.

"It's financially very tough for everyone and it's testament to the generosity typically shown in the North East. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting us."

Paula Ives, Samson's Commercial Manager, said: "We have visited the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle and met some of the people using the facilities and benefiting from the service. It's great that we can promote the work done there and hopefully encourage people going through Samson Aviation to donate to the Foundation."

The Foundation was established at the end of May last year with the aim of enabling the specialist leisure facilities at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre to continue to remain free for children and adults with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. Funds generated also allow us to offer a number of free respite breaks to our existing short break service users. No other provider of respite care offers this benefit.

Richard, from Newcastle, who lost limbs to meningitis as a baby, is featured on the information brochure being displayed in the Samson Aviation lounge.

His grandmother, Maureen Armstrong, said: "Richard loves going to the Alan Shearer Activity Centre and we go as often as we can get there. He counts down the days until his next visit."

For more information about donating to the Foundation go to: Alternatively for more information about the Alan Shearer Short Break Centre go to:


From left to right: David Laws (CEO of Newcastle International Airport), Paula Ives (Commercial Manager at Samson Aviation), Richard Hunter (Service User), Alan Shearer, Maureen Armstrong, Moira Ashman (Deputy Chief Executive, St Cuthberts Care) and Ken Watt (Pilot)