Over £2 million raised for Sir Bobby’s ‘last and greatest team’
A range of savings accounts that have encouraged people to save, whilst also helping to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, has resulted in more than £2m of donations to the cancer charity.
Newcastle Building Society introduced the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation savings accounts in 2012 and donates an equivalent of 0.1% of the total value held in the accounts to Sir Bobby’s charity. Today the Society announced that the total donated since had passed the £2m funding milestone.
Newcastle Building Society is the largest corporate donor to the Foundation, which was set up by Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie Robson in 2008 to support the search for more effective ways to detect and treat cancer. Sir Bobby proudly referred to the Foundation as his ‘last and greatest team’ and the work it funds directly benefits cancer patients from across the North East and Cumbria.
Andrew Haigh, chief executive at Newcastle Building Society, says: “Sir Bobby continues to inspire and motivate people. Channelling the respect and affection people still hold for him, to make such a difference to people’s lives today through the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s work in cancer research, is a powerful legacy.
“Supporting our communities is core to what we do, and we have been delighted to see how people across the North East, and beyond, have responded to the opportunity to do some good whilst saving, enabling us to continue our contribution to Sir Bobby’s foundation.”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which benefit cancer patients from 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.
Lady Elsie Robson added: “We’re absolutely thrilled by the funds raised through these special accounts.
“We had no idea they would become this successful and we’re extremely grateful to the Newcastle and its members for supporting our work. The Newcastle has always understood the importance of what we fund.
“Bob was absolutely determined to provide world-class cancer facilities for people in our region through his charity.
“Thanks to wonderful fundraisers and supporters like the Newcastle, we’re able to keep doing that.
Working within the NHS, and in collaboration with Newcastle University and other cancer charities, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s main aim is to help fund world-class cancer treatments that directly benefit patients. It also helps fund projects that enhance cancer patient care.
Inspired by the success of its savers’ support for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the Society has now introduced the Newcastle Building Society Community Saver accounts. Working in a similar way to the Sir Bobby Robson accounts, they will make significant grant funding possible to support a range of causes and communities across the North East, through the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation. The first grant awards will be made next month.