Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Sir Bobby - A Celebration

Sir Bobby - A Celebration

Sir Bobby Robson would have celebrated his 80th birthday in February and to mark the occasion there will be a star-studded gala event at The Sage Gateshead in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Alan Shearer Foundation.

Sir Bobby Robson - A Celebration on 18th February will bring together Sir Bobby`s family and friends with top musicians, comedians and football 'royalty`.

The event sold out within hours of tickets going on sale and after hearing about it one local football club decided to do their own bit to remember Sir Bobby and help the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Winlaton Juniors Football Club had planned to do a collection at St James` Park before the Newcastle United v Chelsea game on Saturday (2 February) to raise funds for their club.

This will be the closest home league game to Sir Bobby`s birthday, so they contacted the Foundation and offered to split the proceeds with the cancer charity.

Young members of the club were at St James` Park this week to plan the details of their collection and were thrilled to receive a surprise visit from The X Factor and Popstar To Operastar winner Joe McElderry.

Joe, from South Shields, is one of the headline acts performing at Sir Bobby Robson - A Celebration and was supposed to be in the recording studio this week. However, his travel plans were disrupted by the winter weather and, with an unexpected break in his schedule, he took the opportunity to meet and thank Winlaton Juniors for their support.

Joe, an Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust, says: "I was very touched to hear about Winlaton Juniors` offer to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation with this collection. With everyone doing a bit we can really help make a difference against this terrible disease.

"Plans for the Sir Bobby birthday celebration night at The Sage Gateshead are coming along well and I know there are more performers and high-profile guests confirmed and ready to announce.

"It will be a very special evening raising money for two wonderful charities and I`m really looking forward to it."

As well as posing for photographs with Winlaton Juniors, Joe visited Sir Bobby`s memorial garden at Gallowgate and signed autographs for young fans in the Newcastle United club shop.

Craig Newby, chairman of Winlaton Juniors, says: "We were so pleased to hear Joe was coming along to support us. We didn`t mention it to the kids in advance so they got a fantastic surprise on the day.

"Like most community football teams we rely on fund-raising and contributions from parents to keep us going and our collection at St James` Park had been planned for months. When we realised it was so close to Sir Bobby`s birthday we all agreed we wanted to do something to help his charity too.

"We were just at St James` Park this week to plan what needs doing on Saturday and a lady stopped me to give £5 for the collection. I said we weren`t doing it yet but she said she wouldn`t be around on Saturday and wanted to help. That says so much to me about how people feel about Sir Bobby and the work of his charity."

Sir Bobby Robson - A Celebration on 18th February is based on Sir Bobby's favourite music and will feature some of his Desert Island Discs choices performed by some of the country`s finest artists at The Sage Gateshead.

It will also feature some of Sir Bobby`s final interviews, which were originally filmed for use at this event when it was first planned, with his involvement, in 2009.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria, and which contribute significantly to research into the disease.

In the last year, Lady Elsie officially opened the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation PET Tracer Production Unit, which was jointly funded by the charity and Newcastle University. The charity also announced it was contributing £850,000 towards life-saving new cyber surgery equipment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Both of these major advances in treatment and tumour detection for cancer patients will work in tandem with the clinical trials of new drugs within the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is intrinsically linked to the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity and the substantial support it receives from this local NHS Charity means it can significantly limit administrative costs.

It does not employ professional fund-raisers to pro-actively raise money and co-ordinate volunteers and relies completely on third party and volunteer fund-raisers.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Liz Luff
Date:Thursday January 31 2013
Time: 9:32AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Brook Not on the Slide

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Atsu Confirmed As First Summer Deal

Newcastle eventually confirmed the news that we all knew.

United Pair Miss Out On Crucial Qualifier

Scotland announced their squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifier against England

Attentions Turn To NUFC Planning

Another training camp in Ireland may be in the works.

Mitrovic Call Up

Aleksandar Mitrovic has been called up by Serbia

Archived TOTT Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How Many Players Do NUFC Need To Survive Next Season?
Suggested By: Talk of the Tyne
None2%
1-31%
4 or 531%
6 or 742%
More than 724%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot117
2.CuckFan75
3.keggy_keagal50
4.PieMag46
5.billybobcat27
6.Mcnamee6720
7.McCreery18
8.Rytoon17
9.Neppos16
10.The Pyrry12
Write for Vital Football