A MASSIVE charity fund-raiser organised by a Suffolk team led Gina Long has led to the handover of £102,112 to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Gina, of Fornham St Martin, presented 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, a hugely successful online fund-raiser, and a charity ball at The Apex – organised to raise money for the foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The total raised was more than £200,000.
Gina, her husband Andrew and Adam and Clare Clark, visited the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne to present 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 auction featured 188 lots, including television, driving and sporting experiences, sports memorabilia, luxury treats and holidays. It was supported by Sir Bobby’s former teams, 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 raised more than £50,000
Gina added: “Along with thanking the brilliant auction committee, I want to thank the donors of the magnificent prizes, the bidders and all our incredible sponsors who helped make this event such an amazing success.”