More than 70 guests gathered for a special reception hosted by Chi Onwurah MP at the House of Commons on Tuesday, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Newcastle United Foundation.
Sponsored by the Premier League, guests from across the region travelled to London to hear about the work of the Foundation over the past five years and how it will continue to use the power of football to make a real difference to 50,000 children, young people and families in the North-East every year.
Foundation trustee and former Olympic, World, Commonweatlh and European triple jump champion Jonathan Edwards interviewed Jamie Foster, who takes part in visually impaired football coaching sessions, and former Kickz participant Joe Deverdics, who in October became the Foundation's first apprentice community coach.
Each had their own story to tell of how working with the Foundation has changed their life for the better.
Other guests included Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, Catherine McKinnell MP, Football Foundation president Rt Hon Lord Pendry, director of public health Dr Dawn Scott and former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper, who was announced as the Foundation's new Patron.
Senior representatives from both Newcastle United and the Premier League were also in attendance.
"This was a great way to celebrate our fifth anniversary and I would like to thank all of our guests for attending," said Newcastle United Foundation head Kate Bradley.
"Looking forward to the next five years and beyond, we will continue to deliver much needed community projects to those in need across the whole of the North-East."
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