Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Bobby to Reach Goal; New Year Start for Cancer Research Unit

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sir Bobby to Reach Goal; New Year Start for Cancer Research Unit

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Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter

IT MAY look like another building site - but an empty shell on the outskirts of Newcastle is a sign of hope for thousands of families across the North East.

Within weeks, patients will start walking through the doors of the new cancer trials research centre at the Freeman Hospital - and they have 500,000 reasons to thank the region's favourite son for the new facility.

Sir Bobby Robson took just eight weeks to raise half a million pounds to kit out the centre after an outpouring of support for his charity appeal from all corners of the globe.

And as Newcastle fans prepare for a mass Merry Christmas Sir Bobby event in the city this weekend, The Journal has the first pictures from inside the centre.

We were given an exclusive tour of the site by Sir Bobby's doctor, Prof Ruth Plummer, who will be in charge of the groundbreaking trials and who was also having a look inside for the first time.

Wishing Journal readers all his season's greetings, former Newcastle and England manager Sir Bobby said the centre would give hope to every cancer patient who walks though its doors.

Prof Plummer is understandably excited about the move. She and Prof Hilary Calvert, director of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, currently share an office in an old baby delivery suite at Newcastle General Hospital.

The rest of her team can also be forgiven for sharing her enthusiasm. Outside the General, the staff who analyse the results of the trials are based in portable buildings. But within weeks they will Paul James Chief Reporter (0191) 201-6499 LAST CHECKS Ruth Plummer, professor of experimental cancer medecine, with left, Mike White, project director, and Mark Wood, assistant director of operations and commissioning, at the new centre, due to open next month. move across the city into a home worthy of their work.

Around 20 people will be moving in the New Year to the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, where visitors will be greeted in an open reception area, with desks for nurses, offices for each of the three consultants, an opentreatment area for patients and single rooms where others can be treated. …

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