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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In memory of Harry Costigan. A true gent x

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In memory of Ray "Rocky" Hudson from the Group Trustees of the Northern Powergrid Group and Pensions Team.

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In memory of George Clough, our Uncle

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in memory of Mary Hudspith

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I wish to donate £300 in memory of my mother Doreen Craven. She died aged 83 from Lymphoma of the brain on 27 February 2015, having only suffered from the condition for 4 weeks

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In memory of Alan Corby, a good man.

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In loving memory of Tony O'Donnell, the most wonderful person, husband and father. Many thanks to everyone who donated to the collection at his funeral. We will love and miss you forever xxxxx

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In memory of Margaret Lewis. You will be forever in our hearts.

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In loving memory of Les Cooper who passed away on 28th March 2015. We will love and miss you always.

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In loving memory of Robert Petrie from his sister Yvonne & brother in law Clem.

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In memory of Harriet from winnings from the Grand National

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In memory of Elsie Oliver.

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Donation in lieu of flowers from the late James (jimmy) Hall, will be sadly missed by all. From all family and friends.xx

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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£464,940.71
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£64.00
  • Total raised£2,305,004.71
  • Gift Aid£90,441.65

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