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 9008

Money raised at a Charity BBQ. It's a charity that's really close to me, so thanks very much for all the donations!

Donation by Christian Little on 30/08/15


Donations in lieu of flowers for Eric Dawson who sadly passed away on 6th August. Thank you to family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues for your extremely generous donations.

Donation by Jackie, Callum and Jamie on 27/08/15


+ £206.75 Gift Aid

In memory of John English, who died 04 August 2015, donations from loving family and friends.

Donation by Anonymous on 26/08/15


+ £86.50 Gift Aid

In memory of a really nice man who was always a pleasure to dine with.

Donation by Alan and Ann Robinson on 24/08/15


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Bucky Thanks for all the lifts Ruth xxx

Donation by Ruth Collins on 23/08/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/08/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Norman Hill -from your family and friends. Loved and missed.

Donation by Lisa Hill on 20/08/15


+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 20/08/15


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

In memory of Alan William Patterson from all his family and friends xx

Donation by From the Patterson family on 20/08/15


+ £75.25 Gift Aid

In memory of David Coleby from your friends at Prudhoe Golf Club

Donation by Anonymous on 20/08/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Alexander James Martin missed so much by your loving family and friends.

Donation by Kathleen Vickers on 20/08/15


+ £28.86 Gift Aid

In remembrance of our adored son Kirk Davis, on his 37th Bithfay - 26th August, loyal fan and season ticket holder, along with uncle George Knox both up there with Sir Bobby - loved & missed by many x

Donation by Mum & Dad, Joan & Alyn Davis on 19/08/15

In memory of Mary Sherrard.

Donation by Bryan Crossey on 19/08/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In memory of Christine Dickson. Funds raised by "your sister's closet" in Morpeth

Donation by Ted Bagnall; Gill Robson on 18/08/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Kindly donated In memory of John Thomson who passed away on 29/07/2015,he would be proud to have helped such a worthy cause

Donation by Anonymous on 18/08/15


+ £91.25 Gift Aid

Collection from Nana's 90th birthday in lieu of presents

Donation by Andrew Blair on 18/08/15


+ £37.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Jim Little, a lovely man who lost his brave battle with cancer on 26 May 2015. £20 to add to £740 already donated to Foundation. Thanks to all who gave. From wife, Ann & sister, Kath.

Donation by Kathryn Cresswell on 18/08/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sponsor Stephen Towler

Donation by Mark Hill on 18/08/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In loving memory of Eleanor Murphy.

Donation by Kate Cohn and Family on 18/08/15


Donated in memory of Alice Clark from Val's friends and colleagues

Donation by Sandra Craig on 17/08/15


+ £17.50 Gift Aid

In memory of Peter Turnbull, a kind and friendly neighbour.

Donation by The Ellames family on 17/08/15


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/08/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 14/08/15

Instead of wedding favours we chose to give a donation to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in memory of those who could not be with us on our special day. Thank you for your hard work.

Donation by Daniel and Samantha Richardson on 14/08/15

In loving memory of Andrew

Donation by Stuart Huckfield on 12/08/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£484,292.64
  • Offline donations£1,840,000.00
  • Text donations£64.00
  • Total raised£2,324,356.64
  • Gift Aid£94,360.49

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