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Fundraisers talk of pride at new cancer treatment unit

A new £3m cancer treatment unit is saving lives and cutting treatment times in the North East. A radiotherapy machine at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle was partly paid for by money from local charities, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the Charlie Bear appeal and the Newcastle Healthcare Charity.

New radiotherapy system Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Some of the money was raised at a special celebration night at Sage Gateshead for Sir Bobby Robson. People who organised and took part on the night said they were delighted at the new radiotherapy equipment

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper said it was a fantastic facility the North East was fortunate to have.

The former Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw helped organise the Sage event and said he was delighted because the new treatment unit was a facility for everybody in the region.

“I know Bob would be fascinated by the technology in this unit and I’m so proud that our charity has helped make it happen.

“I sincerely hope everyone involved with the Sir Bobby Celebration night and all the many people who have organised their own events and activities feel the same sense of pride and achievement I do.

– Lady Elsie Robson

Harper hands over cheque

Steve Harper with his charity cheque Credit: Newcastle United Football Club

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has handed over a cheque for £327,833 which will benefit six North East charities.

The funds were raised from the match between Newcastle United and AC Milan legends teams at St James' Park, honouring Harper’s 20-year spell with Newcastle.

As well as boosting three principal beneficiaries - the Newcastle United Foundation, Great North Children’s Hospital and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation - there will now also be a share for the Alan Shearer Foundation, Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation and Toma Fund.

Almost 51,000 supporters went to the match.


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Harper to bid Newcastle United farewell

Newcastle United's longest serving player Steve Harper is set to bid farewell to the club.

The 38-year-old has been with the Magpies for 20 years and on Sunday he will play his final match at St James' Park.

Harper has always been a popular figure and as Simon O'Rourke reports, he's had a distinguished and unusual career on Tyneside.