Society passes £2.5m mark in funds raised for cancer charity

A building society has helped pass the £2.5million mark for a cancer charity.

Tuesday, 27th February 2018, 14:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th February 2018, 14:12 pm
Foundation patron Alan Shearer in the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle, along with (left) healthcare science associate Stacey Weatherson and Newcastle Building Society chief executive Andrew Haig.

Since 2012, Newcastle Building Society has been raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation after setting up a savings account in its name, donating 0.1 per cent of the total held in the accounts to the charity.

And a further £100,000 is scheduled to be presented to the charity by the Society at the start of next year, and there is a commitment of further donations totalling £250,000 over the next five years.

Andrew Haigh, chief executive at Newcastle Building Society, says: “The donations that we have made in connection with The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation accounts have far exceeded what we originally thought would be raised.

“Knowing that the money being donated is directly benefiting people living in our heartland area while also contributing to the wider fight against cancer is especially important.”

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“Passing the £2.5m fundraising landmark, and being on the verge of presenting a further £100,000 to the Foundation while committing to this successful partnership for a further five years is a wonderful way for us to end the year.”

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie Robson to support the search for more effective ways to detect and treat cancer, and 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.

More than £10million has been raised for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation since its inception.

Lady Elsie Robson said: “We were touched when the Newcastle first approached us and offered to help our Foundation. I don’t think anyone had any idea of just how successful that help would be though.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Newcastle and its members for absolutely magnificent support.

“The money raised has far surpassed our expectations and is enabling us to invest in truly ground-breaking cancer treatment.

“It’s making a difference to people facing cancer now and it will in the future.”

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.