Goalkeeper hails charity windfall
Wednesday 9th October 2013, 3:30PM BST.
A football match to honour a Premier League veteran has raised almost £328,000 for good causes.
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper, now playing for Hull City after a 20-year stint with the Magpies, handed over the cash which will be split between six North East charities.
The money was raised at a match between Newcastle United legends and a side of AC Milan heroes last month at St James’s Park, attended by almost 51,000 fans.
He decided that £327,833 will be shared between three main beneficiaries, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the charity set up by his former manager to fight cancer; the Newcastle United Foundation, which helps local children lead healthy lifestyles and the Great North Children’s Hospital.
Money will also go to the Alan Shearer Foundation, the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation and Toma Fund after overwhelming support from kind-hearted fans.
Harper said: “I’m thrilled that the game has raised so much for these fantastic causes.
“These are charities which are very close to my heart and which mean a lot to many, many people in the region so it’s a pleasure to be able to make a positive difference to their work.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported the event and for making it such a special night.
“Knowing the North East as I do, such incredible support shouldn’t surprise me but it was overwhelming to have 51,000 people turning out.
“On behalf of the charities, we’re incredibly grateful.”
The game, which saw stars from throughout Harper’s playing career turn out, ended 0-0 with the Italians winning on penalties.