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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Donations 8921

With fond memories of our friend Brian Halfpenny.

Donation by Neil & Edith on 02/07/15

In affectionate memory of Dave Morriss, who fought hard against this cruel disease.

Donation by Anonymous on 02/07/15

In loving memory of David Eason. A much loved husband, dad, brother and grandad.

Donation by Rebecca Eason on 29/06/15


+ £150.00 Gift Aid

In loving memory of my cousin Alan Watson, aged 67, who died on Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015.

Donation by Maureen Garrity on 29/06/15

Donations collected in loving memory of Michael 'Tick' McShane who lost his short battle with cancer on 26/04/15. A devoted husband and dad, Tick will be sadly missed by all his friends and family.

Donation by Julie on 29/06/15


+ £275.00 Gift Aid

With fond memories of our friend Babsy.

Donation by Susie and David on 29/06/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

In loving memory of my Mum. You're always in my heart. Your loving daughter, Mary xx

Donation by Anonymous on 29/06/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Doug Blackburn, a true gentleman.

Donation by Alison and Howard Barrass on 28/06/15


Donation by Anonymous on 28/06/15


+ £37.50 Gift Aid

In memory of David John Morriss (Dave), late of 33,Harrot Hill, Cockermouth.

Donation by Ralph and Shirley Thrower of Knaresboro' on 26/06/15

Donation by Vesselin Gamzov on 26/06/15


Fantasy football winnings

Donation by Dale Williams on 25/06/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In loving memory of Linda Hunter an amazing wife, mam & grandma. Lost her battle with cancer on 25-04-2015. Always in our thoughts x Thank you to the hospital foundation for all your help.

Donation by Steven Hunter on 24/06/15


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Fantasy football winnings

Donation by Anonymous on 24/06/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Fantasy Football winnings

Donation by Peter Ash on 24/06/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Money from the annual Skunkers Charity Golf match. Well done all who attended and thank you those who contributed, including Consett Station Club, The Hobson Golf Club & pro shop and Elswick Mag.

Donation by Anonymous on 24/06/15


+ £86.50 Gift Aid

For Dvaids 11. Fantasy football Champion League.

Donation by Graham Winsey on 24/06/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid


Donation by Jeremy Lawson on 23/06/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

A donation from Widnes Vikings supporters. Our 8 year old son wears his new shirt with pride!

Donation by Nicky Martin on 22/06/15


+ £8.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/06/15


+ £50.05 Gift Aid

Mrs Maureen Hedworth would like to thank the attendees at the Funeral of Brian Hedworth for their generous donations to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Donation by Maureen Hedworth on 22/06/15


+ £25.17 Gift Aid

in Memory of John Witheridge

Donation by Alan Goins on 21/06/15


Thinking of you dad and missing you on this the first Father's day without you. Always in our thoughts and prayers.

Donation by Love from your daughers Maria and Claire on 21/06/15

For Dad.

Donation by K on 21/06/15


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

In memory of my Dad - miss you

Donation by Ian H on 20/06/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£476,769.08
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£64.00
  • Total raised£2,316,833.08
  • Gift Aid£92,932.02

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