COCO’s charity champs

Sports stars and celebrities joined Steve Cram at Slaley Hall for his annual Celebrity Golf Day to raise more than £15,000 for international children’s charity COCO.

“We enjoyed another fantastic day of golf and fundraising at Slaley Hall,” said Cram. “As always, the golf day has been brilliantly supported by my friends in the world of sport and by the region’s business community. Crucially, we have raised a lot of money for COCO and that is going to make a huge difference when it is invested into the charity’s fantastic projects in East Africa.”

Stars from the worlds of football, rugby, cricket, athletics, and TV and radio turned out to support the annual event, now in its 14th year. Cram was joined by Steve Howey, Roger Uttley, Steve Backley, Craig Hignett, Micky Horswill, Ritchie Pitt, Gordon Armstrong, Mick Hill and Brian Whittle. Also on hand at Slaley Hall were TV and radio presenters and commentators including Colin Murray, Guy Mowbray, Eilidh Barbour, Stuart Storey and Manish Bhasin.

COCO is a Newcastle based international children’s charity that was co-founded by world champion athlete and BBC commentator Steve Cram and former British Army Major Jim Panton in 2000. Since then, the charity has raised millions of pounds and invests in sustainable projects in remote regions of East Africa, that help alleviate the poverty that prevents children’s education.