Sporting legends join bereaved family to remember football fan who died aged 36

Local sporting legends have joined bereaved family and friends to remember an avid football fan who died at the age of 36.

Throughout his battle with skin cancer, Kevin Outhwaite, from Tunstall, Sunderland, continued to fundraise for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

He tragically lost his fight with the disease in 2010 and family and friends have continued to hold an annual golfing fundraiser in his memory.

But this year Kevin’s loved ones were joined by special guests FA Cup winning captain Bobby Kerr and European Golden Boot winner Kevin Phillips.

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Bobby Kerr said: “What an amazing day we’ve all had and what an amazing event Kevin’s family and friends have created.

“Although my golfing days are behind me, being able to ride around in the buggy meeting everyone was such a joy. And the importance of supporting a worthy cause like this can’t be underestimated.”

The pair surprised golfers by attending the event and joined Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Elsie, in thanking the Outhwaite family for their fantastic fundraising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in Kevin’s memory.

The foundation began in 2008 as a fund within the Newcastle Hospitals Charity and has gone on to raise over £15m to help find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

Every year since 2010, Kevin’s dad, John, and brother, Ian, have come together with friends and family to play golf and to remember the avid Sunderland fan.

Sir Bobby Robson with Kevin Outhwaite who lost his battle with skin cancer ​at the age of 36
Sir Bobby Robson with Kevin Outhwaite who lost his battle with skin cancer ​at the age of 36
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Kevin, who followed his beloved Sunderland home and away, would have been thrilled to know that the two Black Cats’ legends were among the supporters of this year’s event.

His friend Andy Oliver, who plays a key role in organising the golf day at Ramside Hall, Durham, said: “Kev would have been absolutely over the moon knowing Bobby and Kevin had come to his golf day.

“He was a massive Sunderland fan, all the family are. In fact, going to the match is one of the times we miss him the most.

“We had almost 100 golfers this year and it was a great surprise for them having Bobby and Kevin along.

“Lady Elsie was kind enough to come to thank us and wish us all well, once again, and Bobby and Kevin presented the prizes at the end. It makes such a difference knowing how much our efforts in Kev’s memory are appreciated.”

Kevin Phillips and Bobby Kerr surprised golfers by attending as guests of Sunderland Fan’s Museum founder Michael Ganley.

Kevin Phillips, an ambassador of the Fan’s Museum, said: “The Fan’s Museum has one main purpose and that’s to engage with the football community, regionally and nationally.

“And what we do can also bring so much purpose and support to the likes of Kevin’s annual golf day.

“To help his family and friends who have made this event happen is what it’s all about. We all had an amazing day and I’m very proud we were able to be part of things.”

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Chronicle Live – Sunderland