Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Iconic Snaps Help to Raise Foundation Cash

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Iconic Snaps Help to Raise Foundation Cash

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

GOOD sports who donated items to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation auction helped raise almost PS170,000 for cancer patients.

An England shirt signed by Wayne Rooney and donations from Theo Walcott, Frank Lampard and Terry Butcher were among 160 lots up for grabs at the online auction set up in the name of the much-loved former Newcastle United and England manager. Other donations came from Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.

Sports fans also had the chance to get their hands on UEFA Champions League Final tickets; a media match-day experience at St James' Park and a behind-thescenes visit to Sky Soccer Saturday.

The auction, the fourth held for the foundation, is a huge boost to the PS700,000 of funds already raised and has delighted Sir Bobby's widow.

Lady Elsie said: "We're absolutely thrilled that the auction has raised so much."

Local favourite Paul Gascoigne also voiced his support for a "fabulous cause" and its success is largely thanks to Gina Long, a long-time family friend of the Robsons and volunteer fundraiser, who first came up with the idea of a fund-raising auction which has gone on to spark international interest from sports fans keen to grab a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Gazza said: "It is amazing but not surprising to see how incredibly successful the auction, and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, has been in recent years" and he paid tribute to a man he called "my footballing father, an amazing manager and a true gentleman".

He added: "Legend is often used too much nowadays but Bobby was legendary in the world of football."

Lady Elsie said: "Really, we can't thank Gina and her team enough for all their hard work.

"We've been extremely lucky to have received the support we have. The football family in particular has been wonderfully helpful and we're very grateful to everyone who has played a part in the special auction's success."

FIFA, UEFA, the FA and Premier League and Football League clubs donated a number of lots for the auction, which ended on Sunday and attracted bidding from around the world. …

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