Golf Club Efforts 'Fore` SBR Foundation
Last year, for the first time in its 118 year history, the Ladies` and Men`s Captains of Bishop Auckland Golf Club both elected to support the same charity during their time at the helm.
Barbara Veal and George Courtney chose to support the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation with a range of fund-raising events and activities over the course of a year. And with the backing of generous club members and guests, the two captains have raised an amazing £18,000 for the north east cancer charity.
Barbara says: "When George and I were discussing charities to support he mentioned the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was his first choice and I thought it was a great idea. Then I thought, well let`s both help the same charity and work together to make the fund-raising a success.
"The work of Foundation is held is such high regard that we`ve had no trouble selling tickets to any of the events we`ve held. We had a coffee and craft morning at the club and that alone raised £800, which none of us was expecting.
"It`s been a wonderful year with everyone pulling together. The Men`s, Ladies`, Juniors` and Seniors` sections of the club have all been actively involved and all our members and guests have been incredibly generous."
Lady Elsie Robson was pleased to collect the cheque on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation at a celebratory lunch at the club this week.
Lady Elsie says: "It`s a great pleasure to visit Bishop Auckland Golf Club once again.
"The club and its members and guests have been wonderfully generous during this year of fund-raising for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and we`re very grateful to them all."
The two guest speakers at the lunch were Professor Ruth Plummer, Sir Bobby`s oncologist and Director of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, and Durham County Cricket Club`s Head Coach, Geoff Cook.
Geoff adds: "I was very pleased to join Lady Elsie and the members at Bishop Auckland Golf Club to celebrate this fantastic achievement.
"It`s been a great opportunity for me to find out a bit more detail about the work funded through the charity. They`re funding some really cutting edge cancer treatment which will directly help patients in our area.
"It`s very impressive and I understand why Stephen Harmison is supporting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation during his benefit year too."
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.
Bishop Auckland Golf Club`s fund-raising events and activities over the past year have included a golf day featuring 26 former Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough FC, Carlisle United and Darlington FC players, sportsmen`s evenings, individual sponsorship, golf days, coffee mornings, raffles and a sponsored six day walk in the Yorkshire Dales which raised £3,000.
A football referee for more than 50 years, Bishop Auckland Golf Club Men`s Captain George Courtney, officiated at the World Cups in 1986 and 1990 when Sir Bobby managed England.
George says: "I was drawn to supporting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation as a result of my long association with Sir Bobby who for many years took a genuine interest in my refereeing and golfing activities.
"I had the greatest admiration for him during his management career and latterly for the way he valiantly fought cancer.
"The £18,000 raised by Barbara, myself and many others too numerous to mention will go a little way in supporting a very worthwhile cause. We were not out to break any fund-raising records, but are both delighted and relieved that this sum has been achieved. And now I can spend more time improving my swing!"
In the last year, Lady Elsie has 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.