Nearly £170,000 has been raised in an online auction honouring one of the greatest names in football.
Sir Bobby’s Online Auction, a charity auction in member of football legend Sir Bobby Robson, raised £169,500 for charities after ending on Sunday.
The brainchild of Gina Long, a friend of the Robson family and volunteer fundraiser from Suffolk, the auction attracted bidding from across the world.
More than 160 very special lots were donated to help the charities benefiting from the auction, which includes the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the cancer charity Sir Bobby launched in 2008, and In The Game – the League Managers Association Charity.
This was the fourth ‘Sir Bobby Auction’ online, and over £870,000 has now been raised.
Gina said: “Sir Bobby was a colossal global figure in football and the love and respect people still have for him has been reflected in the unbelievable money-can’t-buy prizes that we have been fortunate to receive.
“Everyone has been so generous in donating amazing prizes from the world of sport, celebrity and lifestyle.
“Whether bidding or helping to spread the word, I cannot thank everyone enough for their support in making this auction a fitting tribute to this amazing man.”
Bidders competed to secure a wide range of sport and lifestyle prizes, with lots donated by FIFA, UEFA, the FA and a large number of Premier League and Football League clubs.
Sir Bobby’s former clubs Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven, Newcastle United and Ipswich Town all gave support and there were touching personal donations from Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Frank Lampard, Aaron Ramsey, Terry Butcher, Kevin Beattie, Sir Alex Ferguson, Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho.
Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said; “We’re absolutely thrilled that the auction has raised so much. Really, we can’t thank Gina and her team enough for all their hard work.
“We’ve been extremely lucky to have received the support we have. The football family in particular has been wonderfully helpful and we’re very grateful to everyone who has played a part in the special auction’s success.”
Paul Gascoigne, who played under Sir Bobby when he was England manager, was just one of the big names to lend his support to the auction.
He said: “Sir Bobby was my footballing father, an amazing manager and a true gentleman.
“I am delighted to lend my support to the Sir Bobby’s Online Auction and it is amazing, but not surprising, to see how incredibly successful the auction, and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, has been in recent years.
“Legend is often used too much nowadays, but Bobby was legendary in the world of football.”