Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sir Bobby's Legacy Goes on at Hospital; Legend's Widow Officially Opens Quiet Area for Patients

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sir Bobby's Legacy Goes on at Hospital; Legend's Widow Officially Opens Quiet Area for Patients

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Byline: HELEN RAE

PATIENTS and their loved ones affected by cancer can now access a new facility to help them cope with their time in hospital.

Thanks to a joint venture by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Care, a relaxing quiet area has been set up on the ground floor of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

A mutual promise between Sir Bobby and former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given, who is patron of Macmillan Cancer Support, has now been fulfilled as the two men had previously discussed a joint project to help those suffering with the illness in the North East.

Tucked away in a peaceful corner of the hospital, the facility is a comfortable space for visitors and patients to relax between appointments with books and a television.

It is also stocked with useful information about cancer to help patients and their families understand what they are going through.

Yesterday Sir Bobby's widow Lady Elsie Robson officially opened the facility alongside Maureen Rutter, Macmillan Cancer Support director, and Sir Leonard Fenwick, Newcastle Hospitals' chief executive. Lady Elsie said: "I'm very proud to see this wonderful new facility open. As someone who spent a great deal of time in various hospitals while my husband received treatment, I can appreciate the value of quiet space such as this.

"I hope the new quiet area provides a relaxing space for visitors to the hospital for many years to come."

The quiet area will potentially benefit tens of thousands of patients and visitors as more than 300 cancer patients visit the hospital every day for radiotherapy treatment alone.

Shay, who was unable to attend the opening of the facility, lost his mum Agnes to cancer when he was just five and still has memories of the seemingly endless hospital stays. He said: "Sir Bobby was not just a great gaffer, but also a great friend. This new facility will operate just like Sir Bobby would want it to with the 'door always open and everybody welcome to come in'.

"We hope this new quiet area will become a well-used place to relax as well as providing visitors with useful information about cancer. …

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