Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

His Legacy off the Pitch Could Last for All Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

His Legacy off the Pitch Could Last for All Time

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Byline: HELEN RAE

HIS football legacy will be long lived - his off pitch achievements may go on forever. For as Sir Bobby Robson battled cancer for the fifth time, 15 years after his first diagnosis, he devoted much of his life to raising funds to support those pioneering the fight against it.

The 76-year-old created The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which is focused on the early detection and treatment of cancer and the clinical trials of new drugs it will eventually beat it.

And today leading experts in the healthcare industry and cancer research paid tribute to Sir Bobby and the legacy he leaves behind with his foundation.

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: "We are very saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Robson has passed away.

"Sir Bobby was a hugely valued and strong supporter of Cancer Research UK over many years, particularly in his native North East.

"We are very grateful for all that he helped us with and for the impact this will have on cancer patients and their families in the future.

"He approached everything he did with enthusiasm and commitment, making a significant contribution to Cancer Research UK's work by supporting the charity's fundraising and awareness campaigns.

"In recent years Sir Bobby set himself a new goal.

"He launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to support clinical trials of promising new treatments to tackle cancer.

"The first pounds 500,000 raised by the Foundation is being used to fund dedicated research facilities at The Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at Newcastle, which will enable Cancer Research UK to undertake clinical trials of new treatments.

"But perhaps more than anything, Sir Bobby was a personal inspiration to anyone dealing with cancer. "Throughout his treatment, he approached the disease with courage and determination.

"Sir Bobby once described those working to find a cure for cancer as 'heroes'. We have lost another hero, both on and off the pitch, and one who will be much missed by many." Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, said: "Everyone at Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres is saddened to hear of the loss of Sir Bobby Robson and our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans in Newcastle and throughout the world.

"Sir Bobby touched many people in his career as a player and as a manager, bringing style and flair to Newcastle, Ipswich and the national side. And in his latter years his bravery and determination to fight against cancer has been inspirational to many.

"Sir Bobby united Newcastle not only with his passion and brand of football, but also in his battle with cancer. "Everyone at Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres will carry him in our thoughts as we look to develop our Cancer Caring Centre at the Freeman Hospital to help thousands of people in the North East in their own journey through cancer. …

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