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 8954

Raised at Christine's funeral

Donation by Gordon SEARBY on 29/07/15


In lieu of 60th Wedding anniversary presents for Mr & Mrs Alexander

Donation by Alexander & Rob Young on 28/07/15


+ £15.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/07/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

£315.80 raised at the funeral of my partner John Nixon who died on 6/7/2015 after having bladder cancer. This is in his memory.

Donation by Susan Rae on 27/07/15


In lieu of favours for our wedding, we are making this donation as the charity is very important to us. With love.

Donation by Mr & Mrs Newbrook on 27/07/15


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

On behalf of Stella and Les

Donation by Sara and Franco on 26/07/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 26/07/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In lieu of a gift for Les and Stella's diamond wedding anniversary xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 24/07/15


£560 raised at the funeral of my much loved Father in law Lew Thompson .He would have been extremely pleased with this amount raised. Thank you everyone for your generosity .

Donation by Trish Lowndes - Thompson on 24/07/15


£2oo raised at the funeral of Mary Edith Golightly.

Donation by Vivienne Farthing on 23/07/15

Donation after attending fundraiser at FFC last night.

Donation by B.Hayes on 21/07/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

In memory of our very dear friend Geoff

Donation by Anonymous on 19/07/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

25 years since Italia 90. Thanks for the memories Bobby.

Donation by Forty something football fan on 19/07/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

For my cousin Jean Webster, who asked for donations rather than birthday presents this year. Bless her.

Donation by Brian and Family on 18/07/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 18/07/15

In memory of Eric on Dora's 80th birthday

Donation by Anonymous on 17/07/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

bless you Mark,you lost your fight to live,but the last couple of years have been your happiest with your lovely wife Angela .never be forgotten

Donation by Maureen on 17/07/15

To Dora, Happy 80th Birthday.

Donation by Margaret on 17/07/15


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Glad to help this Charity

Donation by Anonymous on 17/07/15

A donation to a worthy cause from your friends at BCHS, good luck with your next steps

Donation by On behalf of David Bowmer on 17/07/15


+ £13.75 Gift Aid

In memory of John Nixon. A Reyrolle star and friend.

Donation by Chris Jones on 17/07/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Loving memory of Andrew

Donation by Stuart Huckfield on 14/07/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation made on behalf of the members of the NHSBSA Newcastle UNISON Branch

Donation by Carol Miller on 13/07/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Jack Ord, Dad to our colleague Penny from all at Spennymoor Police Station

Donation by Anonymous on 13/07/15


+ £20.00 Gift Aid

in memory of a good and true friend

Donation by David John Morriss on 12/07/15

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£479,463.88
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£64.00
  • Total raised£2,319,527.88
  • Gift Aid£93,350.52

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