Sir Bobby launched his Foundation in 2008 after a request for help from his oncologist Professor Ruth Plummer.

Professor Plummer was treating Sir Bobby as he faced cancer for the fifth – and what he knew would be the final time.  She needed to raise £500,000 to equip a new cancer drug trials centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle upon Tyne and asked him if he knew anyone who might like to donate.

Sir Bobby responded by launching a charity to get the money she needed.  He described it as “like being at the helm of a team again.”  What he called his last and greatest team.

The reaction to his appeal for help was incredible and just seven weeks after the Foundation launched Professor Plummer had the £500,000 she needed.

In February 2009, Sir Bobby officially opened the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre.  He was very proud that the centre carried his name.

Sir Bobby said he would give up a year of his life to the charity.  In fact he became so passionate about it that, despite being very ill, he spent his last 18 months doing all he could to raise funds to help others facing cancer.  He said he hoped it would become his legacy.

Lady Elsie, his three sons Paul, Andrew and Mark, trustees, the football community and committed Patrons including Alan Shearer, Niall Quinn, Steve Gibson, Delia Smith and Mick Mills are continuing his wishes today.

The charity is intrinsically linked, and is a fund within, the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity.  The substantial support it receives from this local NHS charity means it can significantly limit administrative costs.

It does not employ professional fund-raisers to pro-actively raise money and co-ordinate volunteers, has no fund-raising targets and relies completely on third party, volunteer fund-raisers and the incredible generosity of the general public.

The Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across north east England and Cumbria – and which also contribute significantly to international research into the disease.

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Thank you for your support in helping us find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

Raising money for

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity

Charity Registration No. 1057213

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity (incorporating the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation) is the official charity for the Freeman Hospital. The charity enhances patient care, treatment and experience through a wide variety of grants; supports innovative research and facilitates additional training and support for NHS staff. A full list of services provided by the hospital is available on request.

Donations 7989


For a very worthwhile cause. Keep up the good work

Donation by Danny Steanson on 15/04/14


+ £50.00 Gift Aid


In loving memory of Andrew

Donation by Stuart Huckfield on 14/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


in memory of my sister Jenifer mogan

Donation by crad anderson on 13/04/14


+ £10.00 Gift Aid


In Memory of Steva (Stephen Simpson) - Rest in Peace

Donation by Dave Hall on 10/04/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid


Donation by Anonymous on 10/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


In support of the incredible David Fereday running the London Marathon for The Foundation aged 76 . Heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful staff at The Freeman .

Donation by Andy and Margaret Clifford and family on 10/04/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid


In memory of Michael Pill

Donation by From your friends at PinPoint on 09/04/14



In Memory of Peter Hurford (15/7/1913 - 11/3/1999) and Jean Hurford (26/12/1917 - 14/2/2014)

Donation by Ian Hurford on 08/04/14


+ £125.00 Gift Aid


RIP Maureen Prickett. Love from Finchy

Donation by Adam finch on 08/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid


In memory of Sheila Palmer in South Australia

Donation by Richard Taylor on 07/04/14


+ £7.50 Gift Aid


In memory of Arthur Pattison

Donation by Eira Corbett and Stephanie Fenwick on 07/04/14


+ £10.00 Gift Aid


Donation by Tynemouth Football Club on 07/04/14



In loving memory of a special friend Liz Johnson who died Feb 7 th. 2014. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Donation by Sandy Cotnam and Family on 06/04/14



For George Stokes who will always be so fondly remembered as a brave gentleman with a lovely sense of humour.

Donation by Diane Hemsworth on 05/04/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid


Keep up the good work.

Donation by Janet Best on 05/04/14


Respect to 'Mr Football' a British Legend, His charity lives on, forever....

Donation by LONGB on 05/04/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid


Belated happy mothers day mam. I miss you every day.

Donation by Kate on 04/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid


Donation by DAVID REDPATH on 04/04/14



In support of our brother Ian

Donation by Michael, Brenda and Craig on 03/04/14


+ £16.25 Gift Aid


Money raised by students at ID training from their Easter Fare.

Donation by Lucie Harris on 02/04/14


+ £8.75 Gift Aid


Family and Friends have donated money through a savings club which we organise on an annual basis. Our very best wishes to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the excellent work undertaken.

Donation by Joyce and Chris Bell on 02/04/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid


A gift to celebrate Eileen Hoppers 80th Birthday

Donation by Keith Hopper on 01/04/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid


In memory of Arthur Patterson.

Donation by Rob and Pat Lackenby and girls. on 01/04/14


+ £10.00 Gift Aid


Many thanks to our families and friends on our Golden Wedding Anniversary who donated this gift to a worthy cause.

Donation by Morgan & Norma Deere on 01/04/14


+ £42.50 Gift Aid


On behalf of MoveLab

Donation by Anonymous on 01/04/14


+ £2.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£407,558.13
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,247,558.13
  • Gift Aid£78,613.50

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