BLACK Cats’ chairman Niall Quinn brought work to a halt at a Wearside call centre as he helped Sir Bobby Robson’s cancer charity to celebrate a huge milestone.
Niall visited Barclays Contact Centre, on Doxford International Business Park, as he announced that fund-raising has gone over the £3million mark, three years after the foundation was launched.
He also drew a staff raffle and chatted with workers, many of whom have been holding quizzes, dress-down days and bike rides to generate cash for the cause.
Niall, a patron of the charity, said the amount raised stands at £3.3million and added: “It’s an excellent amount”.
“It’s testament to the wonderful man Sir Bobby was.
“In his lifetime, he loved football then near the end he got some bad news.
“But he decided to take on a really serious issue and with a big smile on his face.
“We are all in absolute awe of what this man achieved, it’s incredible stuff.”
Sir Bobby lost his battle with cancer in July 2009.
The former Newcastle United, Barcelona and England manager, who was born in County Durham, was one of the most popular figures in world football.
His foundation has worked to find more effective treatments for cancer.
Christine Allenson, head of customer service at Barclays’ Sunderland contact centre, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real and lasting difference and all the staff are delighted to adopt Sir Bobby’s Foundation for the coming year.
“We have both Sunderland and Newcastle supporters but it doesn’t matter which they support, we just want to raise as much as possible for the charity.”