Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cancer Victim Raises Pounds 8,000 for Sir Bobby; and Musician Gets to Meet His Big Hero

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cancer Victim Raises Pounds 8,000 for Sir Bobby; and Musician Gets to Meet His Big Hero

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Byline: Dan Warburton

PERSONAL EFFORTS Johnny Bliss and his wife Sheila meeting Sir Bobby Robson in Newcastle yesterday.; Picture: North News www.icNewcastle.co.uk/buyaphoto ref: 01085571

A NORTH man given just three months to live has provided a big boost to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation - and met his hero in the process.

Despite suffering terminal pancreatic cancer, Johnny Bliss is putting his remaining time and his talents into raising money for the charity.

The 57-year-old from Lambton village in Washington was diagnosed with the disease six weeks ago and has been told he has only months to live.

But instead of falling into depression, Johnny has set about producing a compilation of his own music on CD and organising a fundraising football match and concert in his home town.

Johnny, a musician and member of the Showmen's Guild, raised more than pounds 8,000 - with pounds 7,000 in just one day.

He said: "Soon after I was diagnosed with cancer, I heard that Sir Bobby had launched this charity and wanted to help.

"He's battled this disease five times and I greatly respect him for what he's achieved in his life, despite the pain he must have experienced.

"By raising money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, I've been able to make something good out of something bad and I've fulfilled a lifelong dream to record my own album.

"The response from my family and friends locally in Washington and Sunderland, as well as in the Showmen's Guild, has just been incredible. Everyone has been massively supportive and I can't thank them enough."

His fellow Showmen's Guild members plan to raise even more money through a charity golf day at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, at the end of April.

And after hearing about Johnny's incredible fundraising efforts, Sir Bobby phoned him up to thank him personally and decided to accept the cheque in person. …

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