December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
What an amazing night and what a wonderful cash boost for two cancer charities plus two Suffolk hospitals.
It was an emotional evening that did not fail to tug at the heartstrings of the 300 who gathered for Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Ball.
Celebrities, Ipswich Town legends, dignitaries from across the county and supporters gathered at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, for last night’s spectacular ball which raised tens of thousands of pounds.
And with the associated auction, which comes to a climax on Sunday, it gave the perfect platform for efforts to reach the £1 million target.
Money from the ball and auction, supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Ipswich Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital.
The brainchild of Gina Long, of Fornham St Martin, near Bury, last night’s ball was hailed an overwhelming success which was attended by Sir Bobby’s wife Lady Robson, sons Mark and Paul, and Delia Smith, the country’s best-selling cookery author and joint majority shareholder at Norwich City Football Club, and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones.
She said: “Sir Bobby was so kind to me and Michael when we went into football and supported us so much. He invited us to Barcelona and he helped us along the way.
“We just hope that everyone supports this campaign and puts their hands in their pockets. It’s incredibly important what this evening is about and wonderful that we can give our help and support.
“Everybody can bid in the auction for a prize and I urge poeple to get on board and spend some money. Everyone in this country wants to give a hand to help fight cancer.”
Delia, who lives near Stowmarket, was asked if she was keeping up with the news surrounding the speculation of Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy being linked with the vacant managerial role with the Republic of Ireland and she replied: “I cannot think that he would want to go and leave Ipswich.”
Lady Robson added: “This is a wonderful event and one of the largest fundraisers of its kind with some wonderful people coming to give their support. We have got some tremendous support from football clubs up and down the country.
“My husband left a wonderful legacy in the last years of his life and it continues to this day.”
Among the VIP guests were former Ipswich players Alan Brazil, John Wark, Alan Hunter, Bryan Hamilton, Mick Lamber and Simon Milton, with TV presenter Chris Hollins compering the event.
An auction was also held with 16 lots from the current online website which raisede in excess of £30,000. A futher £10,000 was raised from 200 £50 golden tickets for a hand-beaten sheet lead sculpture of a fragmented face, donated by Shaun Brosnan.
Mrs Long paid thanks to those who helped with the ball and online auction.
She said: “I am in no doubt that the success of the online auction and our campaign is down to the love and respect the world has for Sir Bobby Robson.
“Please, I urge you all to dig very very deep, because cancer is the most unwelcome, unexpected visitor, it has no boundaries whatsoever; it is a wretched disease that sadly touches us all.
“Every penny we raise we truly make the biggest difference in our fight against it and living a life without the fear of it.”
The total money raised by the auction’s 330 lots is closing in on the £150,000 mark, with a bidding frenzy anticipated tomorrow and before the auction closes at 7.30pm on Sunday.
The companies supporting the ball were Green Spark, Lacy, Scott & Knight, Coastline Graphics, Premier Printing, Coastline Graphics, Hammond Group, Carrs of Bury St Edmunds, Gallagher Van Rental, Eat Natural, Archant, Sponge.co.uk, Banqueting Hire, iPower Lighting, Adnams, Talbooth Catering, Greene King, Keepguard Security, the Apex and Arc Management, Brentwood Communications and Wyevale Garden Centre, Bury St Edmunds.
It had been a busy few days for Wyvale Garden Centre, in Rougham Road, Bury, who have set up the stunning floral arrangements for the evening.
Manager Kevin Rumsby said: “Two members of my team, Kim Limber and Lucy Curtis, worked very hard to individually wrap all the flowers and plants for tonight’s great event.
“One day we will beat this dreadful disease. The more money we can raise to help find a cure the better and my staff are wishing for a fantastic night.”
To view the full list of items on the online site or to bid visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com