The Alan Shearer Foundation – A United Legend, a Great Cause

Posted on June 3rd, 2012 | 10 Comments |

Alan Shearer Foundation.
Well Done Lads!
If those folk down in London don’t give Sir Alan Shearer his knighthood soon, I reckon we should just make him a Geordie knight anyway!

As some Newcastle fans will know, Alan Shearer got involved with St Cuthbert’s Care in Newcastle in 2006 when he donated £320,000 of his testimonial proceeds towards the completion of the charity’s unique £1.2M activity centre for disabled people.

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre was officially opened by Alan on 11 May 2007. In October 2007 – an exact year after his outstanding financial contribution – Alan also opened the Alan Shearer Short Break Centre located on the same site to provide respite for disabled people and their carers.

In 2011 Alan and Lainya Shearer became patrons for St Cuthberts Care. In spring 2011, activities at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre became free to disabled members, at the same time they began to provide free short break holidays for disabled children and adults in the Short Break Centre located on the same site. The funding for both of these free services is in excess of £100,000 a year. Alan helped to raise £52,000 at the charity’s corporate ball and he organised a celebrity golf day raising an additional £45,000.

Last week saw all of this move on to more ambitious plans with the official launch of the Alan Shearer Foundation at the Alan Shearer Activity Centre in Newcastle, which was opened by Alan supported by Ant & Dec. The aim of the Foundation is to support disability in the North East by raising at least £250,000 every year to help thousands of disabled people throughout the North East.

In doing so the Foundation aims to:

– Offer a number of free and subsidised short breaks at the Alan Shearer Short Break Centre

– Continue to support and further develop the free facilities of the adjoining Alan Shearer Activity Centre

-Enable St Cuthberts Care, who facilitate the Alan Shearer Centre, to expand its disability provision across the North East.

Alan, supported by TV celebrities Ant and Dec launched the Foundation at a packed press launch attended by families, schools and groups who regularly attend the Centre plus patrons and board members of St Cuthberts Care, and influential members of the business community.

To start the fundraising ball rolling Alan, Ant and Dec signed a football, which will be auctioned via the Foundation’s website shortly.

Click Here For The Alan Shearer Foundation Website

During the launch Alan also urged his loyal fans and supporters of the Activity Centre to dig deep to raise funds for the Foundation. He also pledged to support his fundraisers by visiting some of them to thank them in person.

“This is a very special and proud day for my family and me,” said Alan who was joined at the launch by his daughters Holly and Chloe. He continued:

“The Centre has a special place in my heart; I love it here and always look forward to coming to meet everyone who uses it. I have worked very closely with St Cuthberts Care for the last six years or so and I have witnessed first-hand the desperate plight of many families caring for severely disabled children and adults. I knew I could do more which is why I have launched the Foundation.”

“I’ve got three healthy and happy kids – I’m lucky, and I know it. But my two daughters were at the launch on Thursday and looking around them. And I was saying to them: ‘Come and have a look – and see how lucky you are.’ I wanted them to see for themselves how difficult other people’s lives can be, and they have certainly taken notice.”

Following the launch Alan, Ant and Dec took time out to talk to disabled members of the Activity Centre and guests of the Short Break Centre plus their families and posed for photographs.

To learn more about the Foundation, please take the time to browse their excellent website.

Click Here For The Alan Shearer Foundation Website


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10 Responses

  1. Worky: here’s one for you. Watching Fox Sports here and the intro had fans holding up a banner saying “Swansea AFC, Total Football”.

    You know, the Swansea that finished 11th.

    I think Chuck has been moonlighting and writing their banners for them.

  2. UTD111: I doubt Shearer will get his knighthood as they have been used up on West Ham players – Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Trevor Brooking.

    Funny how Shankly, Paisley and Clough were not recognized.

    There may be one left for that other cheeky chappie Sir Terrence of Venables.

  3. Football knighthoods –

    Trevor Brooking Jun-2004 For services to sport;
    Matt Busby Jun-1969 Knighthood After guiding Manchester United to the European Cup title.
    Bobby Charlton Jun-1994 Knighthood For services to football; regarded as second footballer to be knighted;
    John Charles Clegg 1927 Knighthood Thought by some to be the first man knighted for services to football,
    Alex Ferguson Jun-1999 Knighthood Only the eighth football manager or player to receive a knighthood;
    Tom Finney Jan-1998 Knighthood For services to football; regarded as third footballer to be knighted;
    Geoff Hurst Jun-1998 Knighthood For services to football; regarded as fourth footballer to be knighted;
    Stanley Matthews Jan-1965 Knighthood For services to football; regarded as first footballer to be knighted; (the only footballer knighted whilst still playing).
    Bert Millichip 1991 Knighthood
    Alf Ramsey Jan-1967 Knighthood For services to football (following England’s 1966 World Cup triumph).
    David Gerald Richards Jun-2006 Knighthood Chairman of the FA Premier League and Football Foundation.
    Bobby Robson Jun-2002 Knighthood For services to football; also received CBE in 1990.
    Stanley Rous 1949 Knighthood He was knighted in 1949 for his contribution to the London Olympics
    Walter Winterbottom 1978 Knighthood For services to sport;

    Brian Clough, Bob Paisley & Bill Shankly got an OBE

    Alan Shearer Jun-2001 got OBE
    & Peter Beardsley an MBE

  4. not sure when Sir Les got his knighthood though, but I think it was the Order Of St James Park

  5. Supermac:

    I don’t know why I have to have a dig at London clubs. I lived there for 5 years and like the place.

  6. Supermac says:
    June 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    “not sure when Sir Les got his knighthood though, but I think it was the Order Of St James Park”

    Order of Loftus road, Supermac. He was “knighted” by the QPR fans before he buggered off and went to Newcastle.