Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online charity auction raise around £350,000 for cancer services – £150,000 more than in 2011.
The online auction, which took place earlier this month, has seen extraordinary support from celebrities and world class sports stars helping to help raise funds in memory of Sir Bobby Robson who died of cancer in 2009.
We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has so generously supported Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction. It has been a remarkable fundraising 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. – Sir Bobby Robson’s widow, Lady Elsie
Bill Nighy, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan, Lorraine Kelly, Imelda May and many others got behind the fundraiser by donating over 300 money-can’t-buy experiences and items which fans dug deep for between the 10th and 27th October.
Lunch with actor Bill Nighy and VIP tickets to Britain’s Got Talent with Amanda Holden were amongst some of the most sought after items, finishing on £4,000 and £3,450 respectively.
Tickets to a JLS goodbye concert were also hugely popular, raising an impressive £2,550.Among other items were a meet and greet and tour around Lorraine Kelly’s ITV studio, which pulled in £900. VIP tickets to an ITV Piers Morgan’s Life Stories recording, with incredible Green Room Access, which was snapped up with a winning bid of £740.
Tickets for sell-out festivals Latitude and Reading also did well, raising an impressive £5,100 between them. Sports icons also pledged support, with stand-out from Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Andre Villas-Boas, Mark Webber, Graeme Swann and José Mourinho drawing in thousands of pounds each.
The grand total is still expected to rise as calculations add up and all the funds raised will go the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and two Suffolk hospitals to help continue the global fight against the world’s biggest disease – cancer.
As a result of the tremendous ongoing support, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation continues to fulfill Sir Bobby’s ambitions to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer. This year, work has included funding an Imaging Flow Cytometer for £438,000, which allows scientists to see cancer cells that may be circulating in a patient’s blood.
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 will be around the £350,000 mark and at least £150,000 more than we raised in our first year.
It just 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. – Gina Long, Founder of Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction and Ball,
The support we’ve had for it this year has been absolutely incredible and my greatest and deepest thanks go to every single person who donated an item and to all the people who generously bid as well. The effort everyone has made will make a real difference in fighting this terrible disease. And one day, if we continue to help fund the scientists and medical staff, we will beat it.
For more information, please visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com.