Tuesday, 21 December 2010
A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER IN SO MANY WAYS...
A dvd produced in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation last year has already raised over £95,000 for the cancer charity and is selling well ahead of this Christmas.
Directed and produced by Geoff Wonfor and Ray Laidlaw, ‘A Knight to Remember’ contains exclusive footage of Sir Bobby’s final interviews and features contributions from high profile names from sport and entertainment including Gary Lineker, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ant and Dec, Des Lynam, Brendan Foster, Shay Given, Sir Alex Ferguson, Malcolm Macdonald, Jack Charlton, Bob Moncur, Steve Cram and Paul Gascoigne.
It also includes an introduction from Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer OBE who was on hand to receive the cheque for the money raised so far in his capacity as a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Alan says: “I’m very impressed by the amount A Knight to Remember has already raised and hopefully the dvd will be in a few Christmas stockings this year too.
“It’s a fantastic tribute to a great man and something I was happy to help with. It’s very funny in parts and understandably emotional in others. Ray and Geoff have done a great job with it and the money raised will be well spent helping people in the north east and Cumbria fighting cancer.”
In addition to interviews and footage from Sir Bobby’s career and fund-raising efforts, ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’ stars Tim Healy, Kevin Whately and Jimmy Nail perform a very special version of the Blaydon Races especially for the dvd, while each of Sir Bobby’s three sons offers a very personal perspective of the man who was simply ‘Dad.’
Geoff says: “Conducting Sir Bobby's final TV interviews was a career highlight for us and we are thrilled that the DVD is raising significant funds for his foundation.”
A Knight to Remember is priced at £17 and is available from JG Windows, HMV shops, nufc.co.uk and all good DVD retailers.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched by Sir Bobby in March 2008 and has gone on to raise more than £2.5 million to fight cancer.
It operates within the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust to provide services not yet available within the NHS and directly benefits patients across the north east and Cumbria
The charity recently announced it is working with Newcastle University and has jointly committed to buying a Biomarker Generator, an ultra-compact cyclotron which will help with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases. It is only the second of its type in the world and the first in Europe and costs more than £500,000.