A fundraising event to raise awareness and much needed funds for a charity which supports disadvantaged children has been launched in the North East.

Former England player and manager Kevin Keegan has launched a North East Question of Sport event, which will provide an evening of entertainment, networking and friendly competition with the aim of raising funds for children’s charity KidsOut.

The black-tie event will be held on Thursday 20 October 2022 at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead and is being organised by a committee comprising representatives from various organisations including law firm Ward Hadaway, housebuilder Gleeson Homes, development land agents Wisemove, development consultants Pegasus Planning and Durham County Cricket Club.

Guests will compete as a team to be crowned champions in a stylish and engaging electronic quick-fire quiz based on the popular TV show ‘A Question of Sport’.

The evening will begin with a champagne reception before sitting down to a quality three course dinner.

As well as the interactive quiz, there will also be a main and silent auction to secure ‘money-can’t-buy’ prizes, entertainment together with games, such as the popular Higher and Lower.

Similar Question of Sport events are held across the UK to raise much-needed funds for KidsOut but this is the first time one has been held in the North East.

KidsOut is a volunteer-led charity which aims to bring fun and happiness into the lives of disadvantaged children when they need it most.

Based in Bedfordshire, KidsOut provides its services across the UK to over 70,000 children a year, mainly through the provision of fun days out and toy boxes for children in refuge.

To date, more than 950,000 children have been taken on a fun day out by KidsOut.

Alistair McDonald, Strategic Business Development Director for the Built Environment at Ward Hadaway is one of the committee members and organisers of the event.

He said: “This is going to be a fantastic evening of entertainment with lots of fun and games but, the main aim is to bring together lots of North East organisations together in one room and try and raise much needed funds for this brilliant charity.

“Kevin Keegan needs no introduction here in the North East and as a committee, we are delighted he has shown his support for this event.”

Kevin Keegan said: “I was thrilled to be invited to help kick off the inaugural North East KidsOut Question of Sport event.

“I’ve been involved with many of these events over the years and I know it’s a great event which supports a fantastic charity.

“I know people in the North East will really get behind this and I can’t wait to be back again.”

To book a table and reserve your place, please contact KidsOut directly via email events@kidsout.org.uk