£125,000 Fund Raising Goal Set


As the World Cup finals approach, a very special football themed watch is being raffled for charity with the lucky winner also getting to meet a footballing legend.


Successful Ponteland businessman Rob Armstrong has teamed up with his friend Alan Shearer and Epic Social to raise money for the Rob Armstrong Rebound Therapy Centre at Hadrian School in Newcastle and Alan’s own charity, the Alan Shearer Foundation.

The raffle prize is a very rare watch, made by luxury Swiss watchmakers Hublot and valued at more than £30,000. The watch was made especially for the ex-Newcastle United and England striker and was made using a blend of modernity and traditional watchmaking skills.

In keeping with the World Cup theme, the raffle will be drawn in Russia by Alan Shearer on the 18th June, the day of England’s first game against Tunisia.

The two charities benefiting from the raffle are very close to both friend’s hearts. The Alan Shearer Foundation was set up to directly support the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle: a highly specialist, disability, respite, residential and social provision for people with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. Since the launch, the centre has raised over £2.752 million.

The Rob Armstrong Rebound Therapy Centre opened earlier this year. The centre provides care and education for children aged two to eleven years old with severe learning disabilities. The centre provides facilities to give children a safe and secure environment that they can learn in comfortably. The centre is based in Hadrian School in the west end of the city.

Rob Armstrong is confident that the football mad North-East community will get behind their fundraising efforts.

“We’ve set an ambitious but achievable goal of £125,000 on our Just Giving page. As a fan myself, I know how passionate this region is for football at all levels. Alan has a fantastic footballing pedigree too so owning a luxury football watch made especially by Hublot for him will be very desirable.”

Alan Shearer said: “This watch will help to change lives. The money raised from the raffle will dramatically improve the quality of life for so many people of all ages. I’m looking forward to personally presenting the watch to the lucky winner and thanking them for investing in our respective charities.” 

To enter the raffle, a minimum donation of £50 is required on the charity’s Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hublotgiveaway