A message of thanks from Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow and trustee of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
My husband was wholehearted in everything he did. Once he set out to achieve a goal he was committed to making it happen – and that’s just how he was with his charity.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched after a request for help to raise an initial target of £500,000 to equip a cancer trials research centre. Incredibly, this was achieved in just seven weeks and in typical fashion Bob wanted to improve on that total and do more for others fighting cancer.
He was passionate about the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and worked hard during the last months of his life to ensure its ongoing success. Today, with help from wonderful fund-raisers and Patrons including former Ipswich Town captain Mick Mills MBE, my family and I can continue to fulfil his ambitions.
On Bobby’s 80th birthday in February this year, we were so happy to announce that with the help of our wonderful supporters, we have raised just over £5,000,000.
Bob firmly believed, as do I, that working together we can help the experts who are seeking new and more effective treatments for cancer and that one day we will overcome this terrible disease.
Gina Long, our friend and the Founder of Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Auction and Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Ball, created something that has captured poeple’s imagination and support the world over. She and her brilliant committee have so much to be proud of and I know they will raise an incredible amount of money in aid of fantastic charities and two Suffolk hospitals; bringing us one step closer to achieving that goal.
I am so very grateful for your support.
All of the players are delighted to support this wonderful auction and ball in memory of Sir Bobby. We are so pleased to celebrate his life here in Suffolk where he made his name. This event is a great way of reminding people of the way he made Ipswich into one of the best teams in Europe, while raising money for a good cause.