Sunderland legend to help net more funds for charity

FUNDRAISING ... Bobby Kerr, skipper of Sunderland's legendary 1973 FA Cup-winning side.
FUNDRAISING ... Bobby Kerr, skipper of Sunderland's legendary 1973 FA Cup-winning side.

SUNDERLAND football legend Bobby Kerr is heading to South Tyneside to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Kerr, who captained Sunderland to FA Cup final glory in 1973, will be the star attraction at a charity night at the Lord Nelson pub, in Monkton Village, Jarrow.

The 66-year-old Scotsman will be taking pub-goers on a walk down memory lane on Thursday, August 8, to boost the charity that aims to campaign for people who are affected by dementia.

Landlady Lesley Hunter, said: “We have always prided on doing our best to look out for people with dementia and their families at the Lord Nelson, but we know what a debilitating and devastating disease it is as well.

“It was with that in mind that we thought we should do our bit to help the Alzheimer’s Society, which is a good cause, because they are trying to find a cure for dementia and provide services for people with the condition, so they can live well within our community.

“Bobby Kerr is bound to go down well with football fans of all persuasions, because he was a key figure in one of the greatest stories in modern-day football when Sunderland beat Leeds at Wembley, and I’m sure he’s got loads of tales to entertain everyone.”

According to Public Health England statistics, there are more than 2,100 South Tyneside residents who have dementia, and that figure is expected to top 2,400 by 2020.

Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser, Rebecca Scott, expressed the charity’s appreciation of Lesley’s fundraising efforts.

She said: “As a charity, we rely on the generosity of people like Lesley to help us support people to live well with dementia today, and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”

Tickets for the charity night, which kicks off at 7pm, cost £10, which includes a buffet.

To buy a ticket, call 489 7231.