Sir Bobby's cancer drive off to a flyer

IPSWICH football legend Sir Bobby Robson has told of his delight after more than £17,000 was pledged to his new cancer charity in less than a week.The former Ipswich Town and England manager, who has given his backing to The Evening Star's campaign to ensure head and neck cancer surgery stays at Ipswich Hospital, said the public's response to his appeal to raise money to fight cancer had been “unbelievable”.

IPSWICH football legend Sir Bobby Robson has told of his delight after more than £17,000 was pledged to his new cancer charity in less than a week.

The former Ipswich Town and England manager, who has given his backing to The Evening Star's campaign to ensure head and neck cancer surgery stays at Ipswich Hospital, said the public's response to his appeal to raise money to fight cancer had been “unbelievable”.

More than 400 people have so far pledged their support to the Star's campaign, which was started when the Anglia Cancer Network recommended scrapping head and neck cancer surgery at Ipswich Hospital.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched on Tuesday - and nearly £3,000 has been pledged by online well-wishers every day.

Sir Bobby, who is honorary president of Ipswich Town, wants to raise more than £500,000 to equip a specialist unit in Newcastle for the early detection and treatment of cancer.

The 75-year-old is fighting cancer for the fifth time and has been told that this time it is incurable. At last week's launch, he said he hoped the foundation would be his legacy to the world.

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Sir Bobby, who has previously fronted fundraising bids for cancer services at Ipswich Hospital, said he was overwhelmed by the initial response to the appeal.

“I can't believe the fantastic messages of support that people have written. It is unbelievable and I appreciate it very much indeed,” he said.

The football boss revealed in May last year he was facing his fifth cancer fight after doctors found small, cancerous nodules in his lungs.

The foundation was set up after Sir Bobby was asked for help by the oncologist treating him, Dr Ruth Plummer, and will initially focus on the early detection and treatment of cancer.

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