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.

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We now have a new Text Giving number which makes it even easier to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Simply text the message SBRF70 and the amount you wish to donate (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070 (eg. SBRF70 £5)

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Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity

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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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Charity Registration No. 1057213

Donations 9047

In Memory of the late Mr Terry Purvis

Donation by Graham Jenny Kelcie & Jennah Murray on 05/10/15


A quiz was held at our Golden wedding party raised £140.

Donation by Alan & Doreen Smith on 05/10/15


from the late Mrs Marie Day , a cheque we sent back in august hasn't been cashed so we have cancelled it and will make our donation to the Patients fund via this site

Donation by colin day on 04/10/15


+ £250.00 Gift Aid

In birthday remembrance (6-10-2015 ) of my wife and best friend,Cassandra, mother of my two beautiful daughters and grandmother to Christopher who left us on the 15th October 2011. xxx

Donation by David Pickford on 03/10/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/10/15


+ £6.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Edward Hindle on 02/10/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 01/10/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 30/09/15


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

In memory of Chris Robinson

Donation by Jane and Janet McAnally on 29/09/15


Good luck Deb

Donation by Lissa Coates on 26/09/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 21/09/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 21/09/15

From my mums funeral collection. She always donated to help those with cancer and once met sir Bobby, who she described as a wonderful man. I know she would be happy to help one last time

Donation by R Carrington on 20/09/15


+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Thanks to all family and friends for all kind donations on behalf of Thomas Storey Sharples from church and at High Street, Blyth. Sadly missed but never forgotten RIP Bucky x

Donation by John Sharples on 20/09/15


+ £82.75 Gift Aid

KD - You've only got one song!

Donation by DI on 19/09/15


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

On behalf of the Nelson Village Golf Society

Donation by Anonymous on 18/09/15


+ £70.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/09/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation in lieu of flowers in the memory of Sylvia Ballantyne who received treatment through the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 17/09/15


+ £100.00 Gift Aid

Well-done the three of you !!!

Donation by Phil B on 17/09/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

A small donation to help

Donation by Anonymous on 17/09/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

The second anniversary of a successful operation facilitated by the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, thanks to the good services of the Bobby Robson Unit and staff of Freeman Hospital Ward 5

Donation by Sue Prangnell on 17/09/15

My Best Pal Alan Siddle passed away Sunday 13th September and the family have asked for Donations to this wonderful foundation. RIP Alan gone but not forgotten forever in our hearts. Jimmy Douglas

Donation by Stephen Pattison c/o Jimmy Douglas on 16/09/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks for everything Bobby

Donation by Jail for Ashley on 15/09/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Phil H on 14/09/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 13/09/15


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£488,303.38
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£65.00
  • Total raised£2,328,368.38
  • Gift Aid£95,280.20

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