Newcastle Building Society has passed a multi-million pound landmark in its support for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation after renewing its funding of a specialist nursing post at the city’s Freeman Hospital.
The Society has
provided around £50,000 in each of the last two years to enable the Sir Bobby
Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, which sits within the Northern Centre for
Cancer Care at the Freeman, to staff an Oncology Research Nurse position as part of its
Early Phase Clinical Trials team.
And by renewing its
support for the post for a third consecutive year, the Society’s cumulative contribution
to the Foundation’s work has now passed £3m.
Newcastle Building Society is the
largest corporate donor to the Foundation, which is part of Newcastle Hospitals
Charity and was set up by Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie Robson in 2008 to support
the search for more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.
Working within the NHS, and in
collaboration with Newcastle University and other cancer charities, the
Foundation’s main aim is to help fund world-class cancer treatments that
directly benefit patients, as well as funding projects that enhance cancer
The Oncology Research Nurse
position Newcastle Building Society is funding is held by Lesley Hill from
Killingworth, who joined the Northern Centre team two years ago after spending
a decade working in Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases.
She says: “As soon as I walked on
to the unit, I knew it was where I wanted to work – it’s a very special place
and I feel privileged to work here.
“Even though they’re
facing the most difficult of situations, our patients and their families are very
much onside with what we’re aiming to achieve, and we all work together as a
“The work we do here and
the level of targeted detail that goes into our trials is truly mind-blowing,
and being part of treatments that will make a difference both now and in the
future is a real honour.”
Newcastle Building Society’s
relationship with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation began in 2012 and funding of
Sir Bobby’s charity has been a vital part of the Society’s extensive community
The Foundation funds projects
within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which benefit cancer
patients from across the Society’s heartland area, and it also contributes
significantly to the global fight against the disease.
Lady Elsie Robson says: “The
support offered by Newcastle Building Society has amazed us all. Not just the
magnificent generosity of the donations they’ve made, but also their
understanding and enthusiasm for the work we’re then able to fund.
“We’re extremely grateful to the Society
and their members. To have donated over £3m is truly incredible. And thanks to
that support, we’ve been able to do so much more to help people facing cancer.
It’s very much appreciated and the Newcastle Building Society is, for us, what
Bob liked to call a blue-chip player.”
Andrew Haigh, chief executive at
Newcastle Building Society, adds: “We’re immensely proud to be a long-term part
of Sir Bobby’s ‘last and greatest team’ and to be extending our support for our
communities by contributing to work which makes such a difference to so many
people living in them.
“It’s good to see the funding
we’ve provided on behalf of our members over the past nine years is being used
in such a practical and valuable way, and inspiring to hear about the impact it
makes for cancer patients from across the North East and Cumbria, and beyond.”