A MASSIVE fund-raising effort organised by volunteer fund-raiser Gina Long has raised £102,112 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Today Gina of Fornham St Martin will hand over a cheque to Lady Elsie Robinson, Sir Bobby’s widow, bringing the total raised for the cancer charity to more than £3.9 million.
Gina was the driving force behind Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction, the hugely successful online auction and the charity ball both organised in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer which raised more than £200,000.
Gina, her husband Andrew and Adam and Clare Clark, who were part of the team of volunteers, visited the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne to hand over the cheque.
Gina organised the auction in memory of Sir Bobby and breast cancer campaigner Sally Balch, a close friend and co founder of the Suffolk breast cancer campaign,
She said: “Thankfully Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction became a massive success with support from all over the world.
That’s because my dear friends Sir Bobby and Sally, who I was so privileged to have enjoyed special times with over many years, were both extraordinary people. They both lived their lives inspiring those around them and certainly made the world a better place.”
The online auction featured 188 incredible lots including television, driving and sporting experiences, sports memorabilia, luxury treats and holidays. It was supported by Sir Bobby’s former teams, the Premier League clubs, Celtic, Rangers and representatives from the world of rugby, horse racing, snooker, tennis, cricket and more.
The ball held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds raised more than £50,000