Shearer backs Hike4Hopey team fundraising for Sir Bobby

Scott Hope with Alan Shearer Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has given his backing to a group of Magpies fans taking on a 333 charity walk for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Nine football enthusiasts will hike from the statue of Sir Bobby at Portman Road, Ipswich, to his statue at St James’ Park in Newcastle. They're calling the challenge Hike4Hopey and are walking in memory of Control Firefighter, Lee Hope. Lee’s brother, Scott Hope, and his widow, Amy Richardson, are among the group undertaking the challenge.

Lee Hope was father to Livia and was a huge Newcastle United fan. Originally from the city, he moved to Guernsey in 2010. He died from bowel cancer a year ago aged just 33.

His brother, Scott, also works with the Fire and Rescue Service and explains why they’re taking on the challenge.

Lee and Amy Hope Credit: Family photograph

They are in Ipswich for the Ipswich Town - Newcastle United Championship fixture. With these both being former clubs of Sir Bobby, 17th April was dubbed Sir Bobby Robson Day.

The Hike4Hopey Challenge received the backing of football legend - Alan Shearer.

Alan is a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and he recently met with Scott in Newcastle to discuss the challenge.

Credit: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Another Newcastle United favourite, Steve Harper, has also sent his best wishes to the Hike4Hopey team.