LADY Robson has praised the efforts of a Northumberland couple for helping to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, through their business venture – tea.
Bill and Helen Logan, from Corbridge, have created Northumberland Tea with the backing and support of World Cup-winner and North East football legend, Jack Charlton, under the slogan: “The best cup since 1966”.
Mrs Logan lost both her parents to cancer within the last three years, and so as part of the link with the Foundation, a percentage of the profits from Northumberland Tea will be donated to the cancer charity.
The move was welcomed by Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Robson, who said: “I think this is a wonderful idea. Tea is usually the first thing I think about in the morning. In fact, I can’t really think properly about anything else until I’ve had my first cup.
“It’s very good of Bill, Helen and Jack to think of helping the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation like this.
“And I hope the tea is something people will enjoy all the more knowing they’re helping Bob’s charity too.”
Jack Charlton, who has been unveiled as the face of Northumberland Tea, also lent his support to the cause.
He said: “We’ve moved from coffee to tea now. It’s all we’ve got in the house. It’s very nice and all the family are using it.
“And I’m pleased it’s helping raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. I’ve known Bob for most of my life, starting from when he played for Fulham and then when he went into management.
“I played against him, of course, and used to see him quite often in London and he tended to be at most of the international matches.
“Then more recently he came home to the North East and when he left Newcastle he had an office in the city and we used to get to together now and again.
“The Foundation is a great charity and it’s fantastic that Bobby has a legacy that helps so many people. We’re both men of the region, but he was a Durham lad. He was a good pal of mine.”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched in 2008 and has since raised more than £5.2m to find more effective ways to detect cancer.
Helen said: “My mum Margaret died in 2010 after being ill for just six weeks and my dad Michael died in 2012 from lung cancer aged 70. He was a fit, strong farmer before his diagnosis.
“Bill and I felt very strongly about supporting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation as my dad benefited from care funded by the Foundation. We hope, in a small way, that we are repaying a debt of gratitude as well as helping other local people facing cancer.
“We love it and were thrilled when Jack agreed. To have a World Cup winner’s backing is quite something and makes our support of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation all the more fitting.”
Northumberland Tea was produced with the help of expert blender and import James Pogson, and is available from 100 retailers throughout region. For information visit www.thenorthumberlandteacompany.com.