Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has praised the work of Sir Bobby Robson’s legacy, after the legend's charity passed the £2.5 million mark on it’s third birthday.
“The amount of money raised by the foundation is phenomenal,” Shearer said.
“Big events and donations are great but as well as that it is the small donations from ordinary people that are making the difference too.
“We are always hearing about people who have raised a few hundred pounds from a coffee morning or suchlike.
“Sir Bobby once told me about how a man had stopped him on the street and given him £10.
“People have really taken the charity to their hearts. It shows the regard Sir Bobby was held in and how successful the charity has been.
“The money is going to a great cause and people are working hard to beat this disease.”
Robson died in 2009 at age 76 of cancer, and set the charity up in the hopes of helping to stop the suffering of those with the same plight.
So far the money raised has contributed to the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trails Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle, as well as for nurses and doctors, and a contribution to the teenage cancer unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
The Charity has also purchased an ultra-compact cyclotron, which costs in excess of £500,000, and can help with the diagnoses and treatment of diseases such as cancer.
While Sir Bobby Robson has passed on, Newcastle assistant manager John Carver told the Journal that his presence is still felt around St James’ Park, particularly in the main office, where a portrait of Robson hangs on the wall.
“I just went quiet,” the Newcastle assistant manager said, in regards to seeing the picture for the first time.
“I don’t think the rest of the staff understood why I wasn’t talking but it touched a place in my heart because of the relationship I had with him.
“It was a great gesture by Chris (Hughton) to put it up and its still there now.
“The manager has kept it up there – we see him every day, maybe that’s why we still talk about him every day. Some of the lads must think I’m his son because I talk about him every day. I get a bit of stick for it. But the type of guy he was, the type of figurehead he was – it would be sad not to talk about him every day.
“There are some funny moments that always crop up. Whenever we are feeling a little bit down or we’ve not had the right result, we start talking about Sir Bob and it puts a smile on everyone’s face.”
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