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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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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Charity Registration No. 1057213

Donations 8865

Collection in memory of the late John Robson (Consett /Swalwell)

Donation by Eileen Robson on 30/05/15


+ £80.00 Gift Aid

In memory of George Armstrong

Donation by Anonymous on 30/05/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

In memory of John Robson

Donation by Michael and Kathy Gylanders on 29/05/15


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/05/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation on behalf of a very generous Paul. Thanks so much for all the Beanos!

Donation by Anonymous on 28/05/15


Donation received in memory of Michael Millet to support cancer research at the Northern Centre for Cancer, Freeman Hospital.

Donation by Anonymous on 27/05/15


In memory of Joan.

Donation by Anonymous on 26/05/15

With thanks from the friends and relatives of Lorna Curry for the lovely care she received.

Donation by Bill on 24/05/15


+ £62.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 23/05/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 23/05/15

Donation by Anonymous on 22/05/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In loving memory of Mary Fellows

Donation by Edward Fellows on 21/05/15


+ £17.75 Gift Aid

Happy Father's Day Dad - thinking of you as always.

Donation by Anonymous on 21/05/15


+ £125.00 Gift Aid

In memory of Carol Cattle from Jean Tomlinson

Donation by Anonymous on 18/05/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

A mackem but I love this guy. A gentleman.

Donation by Jer Cairns on 18/05/15


In memory of my Uncle

Donation by John Robson on 17/05/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

For Tick

Donation by fellow spireite on 16/05/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In loving memory of Monica Coates. You were a warm and loving person and I know that you will be sadly missed by all your family and friends. R.I.P. Love always , Tricia and Lawrence Ward

Donation by Anonymous on 16/05/15


+ £8.75 Gift Aid

In memory of Tick McShane who I only knew for a short time but greatly enhanced my away trips,especially in Europe.

Donation by A Toonette on 16/05/15


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

In memory of Kirk Davis, on behalf of the Eversheds IT Team in Birmingham.

Donation by Anonymous on 15/05/15


Kind donations from family and friends of our mam who received first class care at The Freeman Hospital during a 2 year battle with Lymphoma. Sadly missed. Xxx

Donation by Gary Bartle on 15/05/15


+ £35.91 Gift Aid

In memory of Tick McShane from ex colleagues at the SFA, he was a great character who will be sadly missed

Donation by Anonymous on 14/05/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

For Tick McShane. Much missed by all who knew him.

Donation by Bruce Hetherington on 13/05/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Thankyou for the book Beryl

Donation by Nigel & Robert Atkinson on 12/05/15


+ £1.75 Gift Aid

In loving memory of my cousin Monica Coates. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time xx

Donation by Elaine and David Reid on 12/05/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£471,115.35
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£64.00
  • Total raised£2,311,179.35
  • Gift Aid£91,780.06

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