This week saw the tenth annual Steve Cram Celebrity Golf Day, as sporting stars of the past and present looked to raise upwards of £20,000 for overseas children living in poverty. 

The 1984 Olympic 1500m silver medalist and 1983 World Champion, now 52, was joined by Sir Steve Redgrave, Kriss Akabusi, Niall Quinn, Ray Clemence and may other stars including current Durham County Cricket Club players. 

All of the money raised goes to Comrades of Children Overseas (COCO), the charity the Jarrow-born star founded in 2000 to alleviate the poverty preventing children's education.     

Cram arranged for 40 celebrity-led teams to take part in the event at Staley Hall, Hexham, Northumberland.  

The retired athlete said: "Our vision is to ensure all children we work with have access to an education and the opportunity to fulfil their potential. 

"Our hope is education will overcome poverty. We believe that investing in communities and meeting their needs will ensure that children can access the education they deserve.

"And by giving a mother a loan to run her own business, drilling a well or building a classroom means that not only will children benefit, but the community as a whole."

COCO has raised more than £2.5 million since it was founded in 2003, with the money funding small, sustainable community-led initiatives that enable children to access education in Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. 

Forty corporate teams took part in yesterday's event with a dinner, a silent auction, a raffle and several other fundraising initiatives taking place throughout the night.

Steve said: "As little as £100 can send a child to school for two years. 

"Education is key to better health, improved self-esteem and the development of skills that are essential for making a living in later life. 

"All of the people who took part in the celebrity golf day have made a real difference and positively impacted on many children's lives."

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