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Prince's Trust Fundraiser Is 'Shear' Class

6th October 2014 Paul Andrews

Shearer and star guests come out in force to help young people into jobs at family business sponsored golf event.

Close House Golf Club saw football legend Alan Shearer and some of the country’s most celebrated sports personalities tee off at the Benfield Golf Day and Gala Dinner in aid of The Prince’s Trust today, as they turned out in force to support disadvantaged youngsters across the North East.

The star-studded event, which is one of the most important regional fundraisers in the youth charity’s calendar, is generously sponsored by the Benfield Motor Group.

Going head to head in the golf tournament was Jonathan Edwards, former world’s fastest bowler, Steve Harmison, ITV pundit John Beresford, former Newcastle United player, Rob Lee, TV’s Ralf Little, Durham CCC Cricketer, Phil Mustard and professional golfer, Kelly Tidy. All attended to raise awareness about the youth charity’s valuable work.

X Factor’s Shayne Ward and impressionist and Prince’s Trust Ambassador, Jon Culshaw, were also among the line up with performances at the prestigious Gateshead Hilton for the evening part of this special occasion.

Alan Shearer said: “Many times, the things that we all take for granted can be everyday life for so many disadvantaged young people in the North East. It is tragic to think that they are so low that they may not have the confidence to walk out of the door in the morning.  The funds that we are raised again this year are so vital to helping The Trust continue its work and making sure that these young people do not get forgotten.”

Over 300 guests enjoyed a champagne reception, trophy presentation and money can’t buy auction and raffle prizes. The money raised 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.

Matthew Squires of Benfield Motor Group, said: “With almost one in four (24 per cent) young people struggling to find work in the region, Benfield Motor Group are passionate about providing them with the support and opportunities that are vital to helping them succeed. Many of them may have given up hope of doing so already but they should know that support is out there and we are behind them. We were thrilled to be supporting the Golf Day again this year to raise these much needed funds for a worthy cause.”

Shayne, who has sold over three million albums worldwide and starred on the west end stage, has just begun working on his fourth studio album for release in late 2014. Regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist, Jon Culshaw, has a catalogue of over 350 characters ranging from Boris Johnson to Professor Brian Cox and from Barack Obama to Alan Carr.

The Prince’s Trust supported more than 3,942 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.

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