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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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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Donation by LESLEY GUNN on 03/05/16


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Donation by Anonymous on 27/04/16


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In memory of my husband Les Davison of Blyth who passed away on 12th April , donations received from his funeral, thank you to all our friends and family.

Donation by Maggie Davison on 26/04/16


Donated with thanks to Lady Elsie for sending a birthday message to my father, a lifelong Ipswich Town supporter, on his 80th birthday, and to Liz Luff for kindly facilitating my request.

Donation by Tim Harvey on 24/04/16


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In memory of Ann Ford, a dear friend to all.

Donation by Anonymous on 24/04/16


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In loving memory of our talented, kind and of course handsome uncle, Peter Bartle. We always smile with happy memories when we think of you X

Donation by Sue and Sal on 23/04/16


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Donation from the funeral of our dad John Arthur Jones passed suddenly on the 2/4/16. Barry, Graeme, Leanne and Ashleigh.

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/16


This donation has been made on behalf of the NHSBSA Newcastle UNISON Branch

Donation by NHSBSA Newcastle UNISON Branch on 22/04/16


In memory of Robin Ranson. Fondly remembered by Judith, Jacqui, Jimmy, Ellie, Amy and Rachel xxx

Donation by Jacqui on 22/04/16


+ £10.00 Gift Aid

In memory of Robin Ranson, friend and family. 02/04/2016

Donation by Mark on 21/04/16


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

A donation from East Stand supporters

Donation by Jean Quinn on 20/04/16


Donation by Natasha on 19/04/16


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In loving memory of Michael Millet a devoted husband,father and grandfather.Remembering you on this the first anniversary.

Donation by Maria, Claire and Maria on 17/04/16


In loving memory of John Chambers of North Shields who died on the 2nd of April. Donations made to the chosen charity of his wife Jean by all his family and friends. Sadly missed and loved by all.

Donation by Mrs Jean Chambers on 16/04/16


My husband passed away last year following a short battle with cancer and we would like to donate £200 to the Bobby Robson foundation

Donation by Audrey Dodds on 16/04/16


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/16


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Donation by Anonymous on 15/04/16


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We held a dress down day at work as we do every month This month was my chosen charity, plus an additional fund from myself :)

Donation by Nicky Ord on 12/04/16


+ £7.75 Gift Aid

In memory of Ethel Hunter who passed away 27 March 2016 from family and friends in lieu of flowers at her funeral RIP

Donation by Vicky Hunter on 11/04/16


+ £30.00 Gift Aid

In memory of my cousin Sandra Grout who passed away suddenly far too young. Our thoughts are with her husband David and their sons Alex and Cameron.

Donation by Kevin and Claire Elsy on 10/04/16


+ £20.00 Gift Aid

In memory of a loving husband, father and grandfather

Donation by Anonymous on 08/04/16


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

In Memory of Margaret Bland, who sadly lost her battle. RIP xx Love Jean & Ronnie

Donation by Jean Todd on 08/04/16


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

In loving memory of Andrew

Donation by Stuart Huckfield on 06/04/16


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Donation in memory of the life of the wonderful and much-missed Margaret Wells of Wylam.

Donation by Michael & Penny on 04/04/16


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Thank you Geoff in memory of Jack Yeadon. £440 in total.

Donation by Anonymous on 03/04/16


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£517,616.66
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£123.00
  • Total raised£2,357,739.66
  • Gift Aid£99,003.29

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