Ahead of Gary Speed’s private funeral service on Friday, Louise Speed has asked for any donations made in his memory to come to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation or the John Hartson Foundation – two cancer charities which Gary strongly supported.

Last year Gary took on a new challenge and raised over £7,500 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation by running the London Marathon.  He also attended the Foundation’s golf day in April at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington.

Lady Elsie commented: “I’m extremely touched by the request for donations in Gary’s memory to come to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation or John Hartson Foundation.

To be thinking about other people like that at such a difficult time is incredible and I understand Louise believes it’s what Gary would have wanted.

I’m very grateful and my thoughts will very much be with Gary’s family and friends on Friday”.

More information and donations to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation can be made at www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk and www.johnhartsonfoundation.com for the John Harston Foundation.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation:
Since Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie launched the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in 2008, more than £3.5 million has been raised to help find more effective treatments for cancer.

The charity funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria – including the clinical trials of drugs at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle.

Thanks to fantastic ongoing support, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has been able to equip the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre and funded a specialist clinical research nurse and research doctor within the Centre.

It has funded leukaemia laboratory research equipment and contributed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s teenage cancer unit in Newcastle.

The Foundation has also enhanced a children’s waiting area, jointly funded a patient ‘quiet and information area’ with help from Macmillan Cancer Support and part funded a complementary therapy programme providing symptom relief for cancer patients – all at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.

The charity is also working with Newcastle University and has purchased an ultra-compact cyclotron which will help with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  The cyclotron costs in excess of £500,000 and is only the second of its type in the world and the first in Europe and is expected to be installed this month (December).

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s medical trustees are always looking for the next breakthrough, the next promising investment into cancer equipment or training and always looking to fulfil Sir Bobby’s ambition to help other people facing the hard fight against cancer.

It is supported in that aim by committed Patrons including Alan Shearer, Niall Quinn, Steve Gibson, Delia Smith and Mick Mills.

To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information please visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity (Reg. 1057213)