Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Savers Raise over PS1m for Sir Bobby's Charity

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Savers Raise over PS1m for Sir Bobby's Charity

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Byline: Hugh MacKnight Reporter hugh.macknight@ncjmedia.co.uk

SAVERS from a Newcastle building society have raised more than PS1m for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Newcastle Building Society set up a unique partnership with The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in spring 2012 by launching Foundationbranded ISA and Saver accounts, with an additional 0.1% of the balances held in all such accounts being paid by the Newcastle to the Foundation.

The two accounts have both proved phenomenally popular, and the thousands of NBS members who have taken them out have now enabled this seven-figure sum to be raised within just two and a half years.

Newcastle Building Society is the largest corporate donor to the Foundation, which was set up by Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie Robson in 2008, and which has since raised more than PS7.3 million to support the search for more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

The Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and as well as benefiting cancer patients across the Society's heartland area, it also contributes significantly to the global fight against the disease.

Its work includes the clinical trials of drugs at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle which it has equipped and within which it has funded a specialist clinical research nurse and research doctor.

The Centre opened in 2009 and around 650 new patients receive treatment there each year, while more than 1,000 patients have been enrolled in other research studies, studying the biology and genetics of cancer to help develop and improve treatments.

Jim Willens, Newcastle Building Society chief executive, says: "Supporting the communities in which we operate is a key part of our mutual ethos. When we launched the two Foundation accounts, we weren't at all certain how much we might be able to raise through them, so we're thrilled with the impact that they've had in such a short space of time. …

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