Charity is legacy for Sir Bobby

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THE family of football legend Sir Bobby Robson have paid tribute to the charity set up in his honour.

Relatives of the former England and Newcastle United manager said the foundation which takes his name has become his legacy, as he had wished, as they marked the third anniversary of his death.

The 76-year-old died after becoming ill with cancer for the fifth time.

Since it was set up in 2008, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised more than £4million, which is helping to find treatments for cancer.

It funds projects in Newcastle hospitals and supports sufferers across the region, as well as fund clinical trials.

Sir Bobby’s son Mark said: “In the weeks before he died, dad said he wanted the foundation to be his legacy for other people fighting cancer.

“That’s certainly what it has become and I’ve no doubt he’d be incredibly proud of everything we’ve already achieved.

“As a family, we’re working closely with the medical trustees of the charity and they are always looking for the next innovation or new treatment which could make a big difference.

“We have all been a bit taken aback by the strength of support.“It makes us more determined than ever to keep it going and to fulfil dad’s wishes.”