Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shearer Recruits Stars for Sir Bobby Charity Push

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shearer Recruits Stars for Sir Bobby Charity Push

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE United favourite Alan Shearer has signed up fellow former England stars Gary Lineker and Ian Wright in a further boost for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The former lions of football are united in supporting rugby players in a new "Tackling Cancer...I'm on it!" campaign, recently launched by Kevin Keegan.

Newcastle United legend Shearer, who is patron of the foundation, turned out in a show of support for the fund-raising efforts of Widnes Vikings.

The Cheshire-based professional league team's latest Magic Weekend campaign in support of the foundation follows its success last year in raising PS20,000 for the cancer charity by donating profits from special shirts featuring the foundation's logo.

The 2016 special edition Magic Weekend shirt will again bear the foundation logo in place of its primary sponsor and the team will get to run out at St James's Park wearing the shirts in May.

Donations will also be made to the charity from the shirt sales.

Every PS10 donation made through the Vikings this year to the Foundation will be rewarded with the donor's name printed into the fabric of the jersey.

This time around the foundation is delighted that the three BBC Match of the Day football pundits, who between them have made 176 appearances for their country and scored 87 international goals, are happy to play ball in a rival sport.

Shearer said: "This is a fantastic idea to help raise funds to fight cancer and something I'm very happy to back.

"Sir Bobby's charity is pushing all the time for better ways to treat cancer and fundraising like this is very important.

"I'm lucky, I've already seen my name on a football shirt at St James' Park, but I never thought I'd see it on a rugby league top."

The Geordie, who has been patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation since 2009, added: "This is a wonderful chance for thousands of rugby league and football fans, anyone who supports the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation really, to have their name printed on to a match shirt. …

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