SIR BOBBY ROBSON’S Night of All Knights has sold out. More than 1,000 seats for the glamorous fundraising event were sold in just two weeks after The Journal revealed the details.
Sir Bobby will be joined on stage by two other famous footballing knights – Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson – at Rainton Meadows Suites in Houghton-le- Spring, near Sunderland, on October 30. TV sports presenter Des Lynam will appear on stage with the three greats, talking about their careers in the beautiful game. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall will provide entertainment.
Organiser Michael Roseberry, former cricketer and now managing director of Roseberry Leisure, is compiling a waiting list for tickets.
He said: “We knew that this was likely to be a popular event, but to have sold out this quickly is simply amazing.
“The calibre of entertainment and guests attending has certainly proved a strong draw, but ultimately I think it is testament to Sir Bobby’s popularity.
“He’s doing something very special for the North East by raising money to help the experts beat cancer and I think people in this region appreciate his efforts and want to help. We’ve sold every seat for the event, but we do still have some associate executive sponsorship packages available for £4,000, which come with a VIP table at the dinner. We’d love to hear from any businesses who would like to get involved or who could help supply goody bags for guests.”
The evening of music, sport and laughter includes a five-course dinner, Champagne reception and an auction.
North East opera singer Graeme Danby will sing a song written for Sir Bobby.
Sir Bobby said: “Organising events on this scale is time consuming and I’m very appreciative of Michael’s efforts. We’re very fortunate to have talented artists like Mick Hucknall taking time out to perform and as a fan of live music, I’m looking forward to the evening. I was at St James’s Park when Graeme Danby sang on the pitch before the match against Sunderland and he was very impressive, so I’ll also enjoy hearing him again.”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation will initially focus on the early detection and treatment of cancer and support clinical trials of promising treatments.
Thanks to overwhelming support from the North East public, football fans, the region’s business community and contributions from Sir Bobby and his friends, it has already raised enough money to set up a cancer trials research centre in Newcastle which will treat patients from the region. The foundation is now working with regional cancer projects to identify priorities for funding.
For details of The Night of All Knights call (0191) 584-8630. To make a donation, view messages of support, or find out more about the foundation, visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.co.uk or send a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, PO Box 307, Heaton Newcastle NE7 7QG.
Each donor will receive a personalised certificate and a letter of thanks from Sir Bobby.