Today is the third anniversary of the death of former England manager Sir Bobby Robson and the Foundation that he set-up in 2008 continues to be a roaring success, so far raising over £4m to help find more treatments for cancer.
Sir Bobby's son Mark revealed: “In the weeks before he died, Dad said he wanted the Foundation to be his legacy for other people fighting cancer.
“That’s certainly what it’s become and I’ve no doubts he’d be incredibly proud of everything we’ve already achieved.
“As a family, we’re working closely with the medical trustees of the charity and they are always looking for the next innovation or new treatment which could make a big difference.
“There are exciting plans in the pipeline and we’re very grateful to everyone who is helping us to continue the work my Dad started.
“My brothers, my Mum and I have all been a bit taken aback by the ongoing strength of support for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. That makes us more determined than ever to keep it going and to fulfil Dad’s wishes. Each day makes us even prouder than the last.
“I’ve been thinking about him this week because of the Olympics. He loved his summers of sport. And with the Test Match starting he’d be flicking between that and the Olympics and commenting on them both and absolutely glued to the action.”
Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise £4,095,264 to help find more effective treatments for cancer.
The charity funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria - including the clinical trials of drugs at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre – and which contribute significantly to international efforts and research into fighting the disease.
It has funded a range of cancer projects, beginning by equipping the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and funding a specialist clinical research nurse and research doctor within it.
Over 1000 patients have been treated on clinical trials since the ‘Sir Bobby Centre’ opened in February 2009 and an additional 1000 patients have been enrolled in other research studies, studying the biology and genetics of cancer to help develop and improve treatments.
There has been a year on year increase in the number of clinical trials open, currently 93, and staffing in the Centre has risen from 27 when it opened in 2009 to 40. Further developments are planned which will involve still further expansion of the team.
Newcastle’s Experimental Medicine Cancer Centre (ECMC), which includes the ‘Sir Bobby Centre,’ was recently identified as one of highest scoring ECMCs in the UK, placed in the top tier alongside other centres at UCL, Royal Marsden, Oxford and Cambridge.
Thanks to fantastic ongoing support, the Foundation has also funded leukaemia laboratory research equipment and contributed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s teenage cancer unit in Newcastle.
Success of Sir Bobby Robson Foundation continues on third anniversary of his death.