Ant & Dec get back on home turf
After a jam-packed start to the year with the revival of Saturday Night Takeaway, scouring the nation for a brand-new series of Britain’s Got Talent, not to mention squeezing in a Number One, Ant & Dec hit the road to Newcastle with some very special surprises in store.
For their first stop, the boys joined Metro Radio hosts Steve & Karen for a very special Charity Lunch for Cash for Kids – a charity run by Bauer Radio and Metro Radio to lend a helping hand to children around the North East.
The afternoon offered chances to win amazing prizes plus a special performance from Blue – but the boys didn’t go unscathed as they took part in a question and answer session – including a few cheeky questions from those who attended!
“We are both very aware of the need to offer young people support and opportunities to help them achieve their potential – whatever that may be,” explained Ant. “Cash for Kids recognises where these needs lie and gives that essential helping hand.”
The Cash for Kids Charity Lunch with Ant & Dec raised £35,000 to help children in the community.
Every year they raise thousands of pounds for local children and young people who are suffering from abuse or neglect, who are disabled and have special needs, or who simply need extra care and guidance.
Ant & Dec then headed to Gateshead where they visited the Sunshine Fund, a charity who give disabled children and young adults the childhood they deserve.
The boys, who are patrons of the charity, dropped by to see first hand the help that the fund gives disabled children living in the North East, plus a chance to meet the children and their families.
For their next stop, the ‘Geordie duo’ went for a spot of golf – with a difference!
Ant & Dec took part in a charity golf match - one of the largest events in their golfing calendar - to help raise money and show support for the North East region’s Children’s Heart Unit.
They were joined by football stars Alan Shearer, Shola Ameobi and Peter Beardsley, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, plus TV personalities Anton du Beke and Ben Shephard were among those taking part.
The boys then visited children and their families in The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, which is one of only two centres in the UK offering paediatric heart transplant and bridge to transplant.
Earlier in the month, Ant & Dec also went to cut the ribbon to the newly refurbished W4 Youth Group church hall, where the group gather each day.
W4 Youth is a community youth project for 11-19 year olds in West London. Set up in 2009 the group now has over 200 young people involved in its activities.