The family of former Newcastle United player Gary Speed have been in Durham today (June 1) meeting up with famous sports heroes from across the region for a memorial golf match in his name.
Gary died in 2011. His family said they believe he was battling depression at the time he died, and want to encourage more people to talk openly about the illness.
He was a Tyneside hero having scored more than 40 goals for Newcastle.
He was described by Sir Bobby Robson as one of football's finest role models.
Gary Speed was found hanged at his home in November 2011. His mother and father, Carol and Roger Speed, say they believe he was suffering from depression, but that he felt he couldn't talk about it - even with them.
Gary Speed's family have turned this need for awareness of depression into an annual event.
This is the third time a golf match has been held in his memory to raise money for charity.
Friends and family of the late Newcastle United player Gary Speed will take part in a charity golf tournament later in aid of the Foundation set up in his name.
For the past two years, the event has been held in Wales but this year, organisers have decided to host it in the North East. Money raised will also go the Toby Henderson Trust, a local charity for autistic children.
Over 140 golfers will be there including celebrities Alan Shearer and Kieron Dyer. The game gets underway at 1pm.
Gary Speed was found dead at his home in Cheshire in November 2011. At his inquest the coroner ruled that it was not clear the former footballer had intended to take his own life, saying his death could have been an accident and recording a narrative verdict.
Fresh from commentating on Europe's Ryder Cup win, golfer Colin Montgomerie has been passing on some of the secret's of success.
Monty has been in Northumberland giving a golfing masterclass.
Former Ryder Cup Captain, Colin Montgomerie, has taken to the golf course once more to compete in a 'beat the pro' challenge at Slaley Hall.
The golf day, hosted in Northumberland, has seen the professional golfer sharing his knowledge, expertise and experiences from this year's exciting matches with North East golfers.
The English Senior Open gets underway at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington on Friday.
Today, the players have been practicing on the course in a Pro-Am event.
Nick Holmes, Managing Director of Rockliffe Hall, says the North East will benefit from becoming the host venue of the English Senior Open.
Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the PGA European Senior Tour, has praised the facilities at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.
The venue is staging the English Senior Open over the next three days.
Rockliffe Hall's attached professional golfer Graeme Storm has been competing in the Pro-Am event at this year's English Senior Open.
The 35-year-old, from Hartlepool, is a member of the PGA European Tour but was playing as an Amateur today because he's too young to compete as a Senior.
Professional golfer Mark James is among the 'past masters' who will be taking part in the English Senior Open at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington this weekend.
The 59-year-old is one of the star names on the PGA European Senior Tour. He had four 'top 5' finishes at The Open Championship and was Europe's Ryder Cup Captain in 1999.
It's been a great year for sport in our region... and it's about to get better.
Some of golfs most famous senior players are coming to the North East as Phil Roscoe reports.