Fabio Capello will hand over a £75K check on behalf of the Football Association in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson foundation.
Sir Bobby Robson – while manager at Newcastle United
Bobby turned 76 years old last Wednesday (18th Feb), and the former Newcastle, Ipswich and England manager has enthusiastically driven the formation of his Cancer Foundation, after being diagnosed with cancer last March.
The current England manager Fabio Capello said today:
“Sir Bobby Robson is a football legend not just in England but around the world.” “I have known him for many years from when we both managed in Spain and I am very pleased that the FA is backing The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
“Sir Bobby is a very courageous man and it is an honor to be able to present him with a donation which will help his foundation’s important work.”
When Sir Bobby received his latest cancer diagnosis in March of last year, he start5ed to target raising £500K to fully equip a cancer unit after his oncologist Ruth Plummer, encouraged him to do it.
The target was quickly reached within a short seven weeks, and the total now stands at more than £1.2M, a fantastic achievement by Bobby, who is of course a living legned on Tyneside, and throughout the world.
Bobby has announced that £300K of the money will be spent on two research posts, which will allow a full time doctor and nurse, at the center in the Freeman Hospital on Freeman Road.
Sir Bobby said today:
“I’m very grateful to the FA for its extremely generous support and to Fabio for delivering the donation in person.” “I know from experience that he has a very demanding job and for him to take the time to visit us personally speaks volumes about his character.”
“This is a particularly proud day for everyone involved in The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.” “And by that I don’t just mean myself, my wife Lady Elsie and the charity committee and center staff.”
“Every single person who has made a donation to the foundation, sponsored a friend or workmate or organised a fundraising event should be very proud too.” “This new centre is our first major achievement together and it will make a huge difference to the experts who are working hard to find new treatments for cancer.”
“And because of the wonderful ongoing efforts being made on behalf of my charity I’m pleased to announce that we’ve also been able to use £300K to fund two very important research posts here too – a doctor and a nurse.” “Both are training roles and a sound investment in the future of cancer research.” “But we don’t want to rest on our laurels today.”
“This is a wonderful new facility but the patients who come through its doors are at the very front line in the fight against cancer.” “The best way we can continue to help them is to keep pulling together as a team.”
Professor Ruth Plummer, who is Sir Bobby’s oncologist, said today:
“Last year I asked Sir Bobby if he knew of any people who might like to help us raise the £500K we needed to equip this center. “In true fashion he did so much more than that by making a personal donation and setting up this charity to help us.
“Incredibly we raised the money required in just seven weeks and because of his commitment, and the fantastic ongoing donations and fundraising efforts, we’ve also been able to fund a training research nurse post with a special interest in skin cancer and a senior training fellowship doctor.
“The three-year posts will be based in the Cancer Trials Research Centre and will give us even more opportunity to help treat patients and develop our clinical trials and cancer research.”
Sir Bobby Robson is one of the great men of football and we are proud he got to manage his home town club Newcastle United, which was always his dream, and it was a pity it was just for a short five years.
He is a hero in Newcastle and around the world, and we salute him for everything he’s done in his life of very significant achievement. He’s a truly great man.
Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
Donations can be made here or by mailing a check to:
Sir Bobby Robson Foundation,
PO Box 307,
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7QG.