A CHARITY set up by late football great Sir Bobby Robson has now raised a fantastic total of £4.7m for the fight against cancer.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, launched by the former England and Newcastle United manager in 2008, also made its largest contribution to date last month when it gave £850,000 towards life-saving new cyber surgery equipment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital.
It caps off another impressive year for the charity, in which Sir Bobby’s wife, Lady Elsie, officially opened the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation PET Tracer Production Unit, which was jointly funded by the charity and Newcastle University.
Sir Bobby Robson died of lung cancer in July 2009 – but his legacy lives on through the sterling work of his charity.
Lady Elsie, speaking after meeting patients, staff and fundraisers at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre in Newcastle, said: “It gives me great pleasure to see the legacy my husband left through the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation growing and helping even more people.
“The Foundation continues to be a great team effort against cancer, and this really has been a great year for that team. No doubt Bob would compare it to winning the league.”
Next year promises to be another memorable time for the Foundation, with major fundraising events planned including Sir Bobby Robson – A Celebration at The Sage Gateshead on what would have been Sir Bobby’s 80th birthday on February 18.
The event will feature the likes of South Tyneside’s own Joe McElderry and current England boss Roy Hodgson.
To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information please visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.