July 30, 2008

Honour for Charity Bus

SIR Bobby Robson revved up to help cancer patients by supporting a bid for a new minibus.

He celebrated with staff at Marie Cure Cancer Care after they raised pounds 30,000 to buy the minibus for the Newcastle hospice.

The Toon legend is busy with his own charity, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which has already smashed its pounds 500,000 target to set up a Cancer Trials Research Centre that will treat patients from the North East.

But he took time out of his busy schedule to meet patients at the West End hospice yesterday when he officially unveiled the new minibus which will be used to transport people to the centre for activities, arts and crafts, and therapies.

Day services leader Michelle Paris, said: "The service provides support to many people on a weekly basis and without the minibus a large number of patients would be unable to attend.

"Sir Bobby has been supportive in helping the Friends of the Marie Curie Hospice to launch the new mini bus."

Caroline Stokle, a community fundraiser, said "It was a nice gathering and it stayed sunny which was good. Bobby kindly promised the friends of the hospice he would attend the gathering and it was good to have him here." The bus will play a crucial part in improving the lives of patients at the hospice and was gladly welcomed by staff.

It will be used to help transport people to the hospice from their own homes who would otherwise not be able to get out.

Michelle continued: "Our Day Care service enables people to come together to share in various activities from complementary therapies to arts and crafts and relaxation.

"The service provides support to many people on a weekly basis."

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