The family and friends of lifelong Newcastle United fan, Angela Armstrong, who died recently after a short illness, wore her beloved club’s strip to celebrate her life at a very special fundraising event for our Foundation.

Angela, 56 from Benton in Newcastle, was a passionate fundraiser and loved creating big events like the one held in her honour at her former workplace, Home Group, whose office looks directly onto St James’ Park.

It was organised by her work colleagues who have been left devastated by Angela’s death and her family, including Angela’s husband of 33 years Peter – with whom she had two children, Faye and Ryan – were among the attendees.

Lady Elsie and Chris Barron, manager of the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, also proudly attended the event, which raised close to £4,000 to support our work.

Angela’s Home Group colleague, Raeleigh Bell, says: “We are all still so devastated that Angela has gone. It’s hard to take in, she’s such a miss. She was the life and soul of our team.

“She was so looking forward to spending time with her first grandchild, which sadly she didn’t get time to do. But she was so happy and was telling everyone who would listen. She was such a family person and so proud of them all.”

Lady Elsie says: “It was a great pleasure to visit Home Group today and especially to meet Angela’s family.

“I was very impressed by the enormous fundraising efforts everyone has gone to with this wonderful event. Angela was obviously extremely well thought of by her friends and colleagues.”

The cheque for the money raised was presented outside the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Centre. Our thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this wonderful event in memory of Angela Armstrong so special.