Sir Bobby's charity raises £5m

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation celebrates its 5th anniversary with the announcement of a new fundraising total of £5.2m for cancer research.

Full Report: Sir Bobby Robson Foundation passes the five million mark on its fifth birthday

Five years ago, ITV News brought you the story of a charity that was launched to find ways of detecting and fighting cancer which was the brainchild of Sir Bobby Robson.

The aim of the charity's campaign was to raise half a million pounds, but today his foundation has passed the five million pound mark.

Sir Bobby's wife, Lady Elsie, has never spoken publicly since Sir Bobby's death - until today.

Lady Elsie says that he would have been humbled by what has been achieved.

Kenny Toal's report contains flash photography - you can watch it below.

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Sir Bobby Robson foundation marks 5th birthday

Former Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson's cancer charity is marking its fifth anniversary after raising more than five million pounds to help detect and treat cancer.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation began when ex-England manager Sir Bobby was receiving treatment for cancer at Newcastle's General Hospital in 2008.

His oncologist, Professor Ruth Plummer, said they needed £500,000 to complete a move to the new Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital.

As a result Sir Bobby launched the foundation to raise the money that was needed, and since his death has gone on to raise £5.2 million.

Since it began the foundation has funded new approaches to detecting and treating cancer, and also specialist training posts for a clinical trials doctor and nurse.

"Sir Bobby set off to raise £500,000, so for his charity to have raised over #5 million is a staggering achievement.

"I'm proud to be a patron and I've been privileged to meet some amazing people through the charity.

"The work the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has funded over the past five years is incredible and really pushing the boundaries of how we detect and treat cancer.

"I've no doubts the next five years will be just as positive and bring even more advances."

– Alan Shearer, Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Niall Quinn: "Sir Bobby's memory brings out the best in people"

Niall Quinn
Niall Quinn said he was "privileged" to meet Sir Bobby Robson Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Niall Quinn, ex-Chairman of Sunderland Football Club, is a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary.

He said: "I feel privileged to have met Sir Bobby, let alone to have contributed in a small way to his Foundation and the lesson I have taken from my involvement is that it's not what you have, it's what you leave behind.

"Sir Bobby may no longer be with us, but he left behind an incredible legacy and a remarkable team. Reaching £5m is a brilliant achievement, a testament to the deep generosity and tireless efforts of so many people.

"Bobby's memory brings out the best in people. Long may it continue."

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Alan Shearer: "Sir Bobby would be humbled at his charity's success"

Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson in 1999
Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson in 1999 Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Alan Shearer is a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a new fundraising total of £5.2m.

Shearer said: "The work the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has funded over the past five years is incredible and really pushing the boundaries of how we detect and treat cancer. I've no doubts the next five years will be just as positive and bring even more advances.**

"My thanks to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic team effort. I'm sure Sir Bobby would be humbled and very proud at his charity's ongoing success."

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation raises £5.2m

Sir Bobby Robson
Sir Bobby Robson founded the charity exactly five years ago Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The cancer charity founded by Sir Bobby Robson exactly five years ago has now raised £5.2m - ten times more than his initial target. The former England and Newcastle United manager, who died in 2009, spent the last eighteen months of his life raising money and hoped the charity would be his legacy.