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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Donations 9395

In loving memory of George Goodrum: From his wife Teresa, Daughters Melanie & Fiona, Family, Friends, Durham Market Traders and staff at Quick-Fit Durham. Rest in Peace.

Donation by Anonymous on 23/05/16


In Memory of Mark Lunn my lovely next door neighbour .Who will be forever missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.

Donation by Anonymous on 20/05/16

In memory of Mark Lunn. Mark was a great character and friend within our industry, and he will be hugely missed. He left us all way too soon. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

Donation by Carley Consult on 20/05/16


In Memory of Allan Black of Red Row Northumberland

Donation by Anonymous on 18/05/16


From Janet, in memory of childhood friend Elsie

Donation by Lilian Dixon on 18/05/16


For my Dad

Donation by Anonymous on 18/05/16


text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 18/05/16


via sms

text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 18/05/16


via sms

Donated in the memory of Mr Alan Black of Red Row, Northumberland who died on the 6th of May 2016.

Donation by Jean and Richard Smith. on 17/05/16


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Richard Young who sadly passed away on 2nd May 2016.

Donation by Anonymous on 17/05/16


+ £41.25 Gift Aid

Donated in memory of Eddy Burgo, who passed away 2/5/16. Always and Forever x

Donation by Anonymous on 16/05/16


Role model and inspiration in football and life!

Donation by Anonymous on 14/05/16


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

For my mam Sandra Stewart love and miss you loads. XX

Donation by Anonymous on 13/05/16


+ £70.00 Gift Aid

Money raised by Tait Walker staff in memory of Mo Reynolds

Donation by Tait Walker staff on 12/05/16


In loving memory of Andrew

Donation by Stuart Huckfield on 12/05/16


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Robin Ranson - a wonderful man, friend, father and grandfather. He will be remembered fondly. Spirited and active for every one of his 92 years.

Donation by Nigel Smith on 10/05/16


In memory of Lisa and for all those fighting this disease.

Donation by Dolly Mixtures Moss Inn Sunniside on 09/05/16


In memory of Dick Surtees who sadly passed away in February. A true Newcastle Supporter and a true Gentleman who is missed each and every day. Thanks to all who donated at his funeral. Xxx

Donation by Kay Surtees on 07/05/16


In loving memory of Michael James Michael who passed away peacefully at home on 19th April. Husband and father to Val and Michael you will be deeply missed. Thanks to all that contributed at funeral.

Donation by Martin Reay on 07/05/16


Each season my Uncle and I have a bet who will finish higher in the league between Ipswich and Leeds (I'm Ipswich he's Leeds). Thanks to Sir Bob's former team the foundation is now £50 better off.

Donation by Kevin Morphew on 06/05/16


NLP forfeit

Donation by Pescado on 05/05/16


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For Michael - Richard and Sarah x

Donation by Anonymous on 04/05/16


Donation by LESLEY GUNN on 03/05/16


Donation by Anonymous on 27/04/16


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£521,049.19
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£143.00
  • Total raised£2,361,192.19
  • Gift Aid£99,121.29

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