– Alan Shearer
"I feel hugely honoured to have been appointed as a Patron of the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF).
"I am extremely proud of the North East and to have a unit of this calibre serving both the region and the UK is a credit to our medical profession and talented medical professionals within."
The Children's Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital (known as CHUF) has named ex-Newcastle United player Alan Shearer as its newest patron.
The unit treats patients from all over the UK. The charity was set up to support their families, including providing accommodation during treatment.