King Kevin Keegan is ‘on side’ with more than 1,400 Mums around the world by helping to raise a lifesaving sum of money for them and their families.
The footballing legend helped to raise over £21,000 for WaterAid’s Deliver Life campaign at a charity fundraiser, organised by MJK Sports Events, Northumbrian Water and Esh Construction.
At the evening, which was held at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham on Thursday February 4, 2016, guests heard Kevin share his most cherished stories from his spectacular career, including some from when he was a Newcastle United player and the club’s manager.
Money raised on the evening was boosted by the UK Government who doubled every £1 donated, and will be used by Northumbrian Water’s international charity, WaterAid, to help provide mothers and their families around the world with safe water.
Northumbrian WaterAid chairman, Andrew Blakemore, said: “It was an honour to have a North East footballing legend back in our region supporting WaterAid’s Deliver Life campaign.
“Kevin entertained us with stories from the very earliest days of his career right through to present day, covering the highs and lows.
“He even spent time after the event signing autographs and spending time with everyone who wanted to see him – a true gentleman who lived up to his legendary status.
“The event was attended by almost 300 people raising more than £21,000 for WaterAid which will allow the provision of safe water to 1,400 people in the developing world – a great result!”
WaterAid works in 37 countries to provide people with basic human rights – access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.
Last year, Northumbrian WaterAid raised more than £300,000 for WaterAid through fundraising events, with the added benefit of some match funding from the UK Government, saving nearly 20,000 lives by providing taps, toilets and hygiene education in some of the world’s poorest communities.
WaterAid also helps communities to grow by empowering them and building their skills so they can become self-sufficient, giving people hope and a future.
For more information, contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713.
• The Northumbrian WaterAid committee has raised £5 million for WaterAid since 1981.
• Over 650 million people are without safe water, (around 1 in 10 in the world).
• Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.
• Around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s nearly 900 children each day, or one child every two minutes.
• 2.3 billion people are without adequate sanitation, or 39% of the world′s population.
For more information, visit www.wateraid.org.