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.

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great cause and what a legacy !!...

Donation by Anonymous on 30/03/15


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On behalf of Tanya Teddy for your beautiful gift to me x

Donation by Anonymous on 30/03/15


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In memory of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather

Donation by Anonymous on 29/03/15


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In memory of our brother and uncle, Robert Pickersgill.

Donation by Anonymous on 29/03/15

Towards a family friend she's missed dearly

Donation by Anonymous on 28/03/15


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In loving memory of a wonderful partner, dad, grandad & friend Frankie Bisset. A loyal Newcastle supporter. You will always be in our thoughts & hearts. We will cherish the memories we have of you x

Donation by Margaret and all the family xxxx on 27/03/15


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In memory of Louise Baty

Donation by David Hodgson on 27/03/15


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Deepest sympathy to the Oliver family on the passing of Elsie Oliver. May Our Lord Jesus comfort you in your loss!

Donation by Jerry and Gerry Vogt on 26/03/15


In memory of Alan who passed away 14 March 2015

Donation by Brenda on 26/03/15


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Donations given in lieu of flowers in memory of my wonderful mam Doris Scott, a lady with a mischievous smile who cared so much for others. So much loved so greatly missed by all.

Donation by Daughter Margaret, family and friends on 26/03/15


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In memory of Elsie Oliver.

Donation by Chad & Amy Vogt on 25/03/15

This donation is in memory of Elsie Oliver

Donation by Deb & Tony Mallory on 25/03/15

In memory of my son Gary Ord who would have been 44 years old today

Donation by Anonymous on 24/03/15


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In memory of Elsie Oliver.

Donation by V. Kallemeyn on 24/03/15

In loving memory of Auntie Elsie

Donation by Anne, Richard & Emma on 23/03/15


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In memory of Elsie Oliver

Donation by Mike & Julie Miller on 24/03/15


In loving memory of Jaqualyn Gill, gone way too soon but never forgotten xxx

Donation by Val, Steve & Lee on 23/03/15


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In memory of my "favourite" cousin Kirky love and miss you always Paul, Lindsay, Matt, Lucy, Dom and Jake xx

Donation by Paul Knox on 23/03/15


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In memory of Elsie Oliver!!

Donation by Brenda Donahe on 23/03/15


In memory of Kirk Davis such a lovely guy

Donation by from Claire and family and Ray and Jane on 23/03/15


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In memory of Alan Watson, a Newcastle United fan, who bravely fought cancer to the end. RIP Alan.

Donation by Lorna Watson on 23/03/15


Donated from the Wilkinson family following our 50th wedding anniversary party

Donation by N Wilkinson on 22/03/15


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In memory of Kirk Davis you will never be forgotten. Legend.

Donation by Bob on 21/03/15


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In memory of a great friend taken too soon -Kirk Davis you will be truly missed, lots of love from Ash, Lex and Isabella xxx

Donation by Ashley, Alexa and Isabella Smith on 21/03/15


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Kirk we spend a few years together in Leamington and we became very good friends. Boy did we had some good laughs. The world will not be the same without you in it. Your friend forever Claes

Donation by Claes on 21/03/15


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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£462,025.03
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£64.00
  • Total raised£2,302,089.03
  • Gift Aid£89,993.53

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