Bury St Edmunds ball and online auction held in memory of Sir Bobby Robson raises £350k for cancer services

Founder Gina Long with the Breakthrough Breast Cancer hosts at Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Ball in Bury St Edmunds last week
Founder Gina Long with the Breakthrough Breast Cancer hosts at Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Ball in Bury St Edmunds last week

Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction ended on Sunday and, combined with the charity ball held last week in Bury St Edmunds, has raised around £350,000 for cancer charities.

The auction contained more than 300 lots including sports experiences and memorabilia, artworks, holidays and celebrity meet and greets.

Sir Bobby's players

Sir Bobby's players

The most popular item - lunch with Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas - raised an incredible £9,300.

Money generated from the campaign, held in memory of football legend Sir Bobby Robson, will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and West Suffolk and Ipswich Hospitals.

At West Suffolk, it will fund a new specialist nurse named in honour of the former England manager.

Gina Long, founder of Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction and Ball, said: “We’re really happy with how the auction has gone. We’ve raised a huge amount of money in only two weeks and we know how important that money is to our chosen cancer charities.

“We’re still finalising the accounts but it may well be around the £350,000 mark and at least £100,000 more than we raised in our first year.

“It all shows the colossal amount of love and respect people have for Sir Bobby and his cancer charity. It also highlights the great desire so many of us share to beat cancer, and one day, if we continue to help fund the scientists and medical staff, we will.”

Lady Elsie, Sir Bobby’s widow, said: “We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has so supported generously supported Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction.

“It has been a remarkable fund-raising venture, and all the more remarkable knowing the team behind it are volunteers.

“Special thanks must go to organiser Gina Long for her great commitment to the charity auction and ball. She has worked so hard and we’re very proud of all that she and her team have achieved.

“We’d like to thank everyone who donated or bid on an auction item. The money raised will help us continue the work Bob began when he launched this charity five years ago.”

Due to tremendous ongoing support, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation continues to fulfil Sir Bobby’s ambitions to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk/