Sir Bobby auction nears £100k mark in support of Suffolk hospitals and cancer charities
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The star-studded charity auction in memory of Ipswich Town legend Sir Bobby Robson is already closing in on £100,000 – after just one week.
Organisers last night said they were 'astounded' at the bids so far in the Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Online Charity Auction.
And with a week to go, they are sure the auction will make a huge amount for the auction's chosen charities – Breakthrough Breast Cancer, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Ipswich and West Suffolk Hospitals.
There are currently more than 250 prizes to bid for – including many money-can't-buy lots – with the total bids standing at more than £90,000.
Auction founder Gina Long said: 'We are absolutely astounded at the generous bidding so far.
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'As the days progress it gets more and more exciting and we know that, looking back at the last auction, the bidding really gets going in the last two days.
'The only way we have a hope to raise our £1million is if people get behind the auction and register to bid.'
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Exclusive lots from the biggest names in sports and showbiz continue to be added to the pot, as well as top prizes from generous donors in Suffolk.
One of the latest additions comes from Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, where two lucky guests can watch the European champions train before meeting the players and being presented with a signed shirt by Mr Guardiola, who played under Sir Bobby at Barcelona.
He said: 'It was a pleasure to know the great Sir Bobby Robson, not only as a coach, but also as a person. Every day with him was a marvellous experience.'
The top bid in the auction stands at £9,000, where the lucky winner can take 10 guests around the British Virgin Islands for a week on a luxury catamaran.
The top bid for a personal bowling session with England cricketer Graeme Swann stands at £1,520, exclusive VIP tickets to this year's PFA Awards are currently available at £1,020, and lunch with Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas stands at £1,320.
Mark Robson, Sir Bobby's son, said: 'The online auction is a fantastic way to help us continue the work my father started and raise crucial funds for cancer charities.'
The auction closes on Sunday next week, with organisers hoping to raise £1million to be split between Breakthrough Breast Cancer, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Ipswich and West Suffolk Hospitals.
Organisers are still appealing for donations of any prizes, big or small.
Visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com for more information or to bid.