Water effort for Sir Bobby

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation


Water workers have raised a mammoth amount for a north east charity that is close to their hearts.

Picture shows: Lady Elsie Robson with Northumbrian Water workers (l to r): Peter McCartney (46) from Heaton, Graeme Telford (37) from Washington and Rob Mewes (33), also from Washington.

From pedaling around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, to pounding the pavements of the Great North Run and cycling from Kielder to Tynemouth following the water cycle, employees of the water company have together raised around £12,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in the last year.

Each with their own personal motivation - a pal, a colleague, a family member; the workforce teamed up for a series of grueling individual and group fundraising efforts to raise money to fight cancer.

Three of the Northumbrian Water employees met with Sir Bobby Robson’s widow, Lady Elsie, to tell her about their hard work.

New development advisor, Peter McCartney (46) from Heaton, said: “We’ve all been raising money for various reasons but all with a common goal and we are delighted we have raised so much.

“Lady Elsie said how wonderful we all were to have done so much for the charity. It’s was great to meet her; she was so down to earth and very genuinely grateful.”

Sir Bobby Robson and his wife, Lady Elsie Robson, launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation after a request for help from his oncologist Professor Ruth Plummer in 2008.

Professor Plummer was treating Sir Bobby as he fought cancer for the fifth – and sadly – final time. She needed to raise £500,000 to equip a new cancer drug trials research centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Lady Elsie, his three sons Paul, Andrew and Mark and committed Patrons including Alan Shearer, Niall Quinn, Steve Gibson, Delia Smith and Mick Mills are continuing his wishes and the Foundation has now raised more than £4million.

Rob Mewes (33), a Northumbrian Water customer advisor from Washington, completed a 324 mile charity cycle by circling the organisation’s famous Kielder Reservoir, not once or twice but an astonishing twelve times.

Graeme Telford (37), a project manager from Washington, and a team of colleagues cycled 104 miles along the scenic coast and castles route between Berwick and Newcastle, as well as running the Great North Run. Graeme and Peter, with 12 colleagues, also followed the water cycle, biking a two day route from Kielder in Northumberland to several of the company’s water treatment works, ending up in Tynemouth.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across north east England and Cumbria - and which contribute significantly to international efforts and research into fighting the disease.

For media enquiries contact Philippa Clark on 0191 301 5538 or Philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk

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