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Ipswich: Sir Bobby Robson ball and auction aims to raise £1million

PUBLISHED: 08:20 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:20 22 May 2013

Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Online Auction Launch at the PFA Awards dinner in London.

Diane Matthews, Head of Communications, Jan Bloomfield, Director of Human Resources at West Suffolk Hospital, with Mark Robson (Sir Bobby's son) and Jennifer Canham and Laurence Collins of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Online Auction Launch at the PFA Awards dinner in London. Diane Matthews, Head of Communications, Jan Bloomfield, Director of Human Resources at West Suffolk Hospital, with Mark Robson (Sir Bobby's son) and Jennifer Canham and Laurence Collins of The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

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Sir Bobby Robson's legacy will be further cemented after it was revealed that a fundraising mission bearing his name will help thousands of cancer patients across Ipswich and east Suffolk.

The Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Auction and Suffolk Ball, which will both take place in October, is aiming to raise £1million for various worthy causes – one of which is Ipswich Hospital.

The event will also support clinical trials for new cancer treatments, ongoing support of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and West Suffolk Hospital.

The choice of the Heath Road trust as one of the beneficiaries reflects the esteem with which former Blues boss Sir Bobby held staff at the hospital where he was treated by the oral surgery team.

Nick Hulme, chief executive of Ipswich Hospital, said the money will enable staff to further develop cancer services by improving The Woolverstone Wing.

The investment will bring brighter, more spacious treatment areas and a new drug preparation area to deliver chemotherapy to an increasing number of cancer patients.

The first Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction in 2011 raised close to £500,000, spurring the organisers to aim for £1m this year.

The auction, supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star and Suffolk Magazine, will open for bids between October 12 and 27, backed by a host of celebrities and sports stars.

For information on how to donate visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com

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