Scooter rally aids Sir Bobby Robson cancer charity

Scores of scooter riders gathered to raise cash for the Sir Bobby Robson cancer charity.

The 2 Toots Scooter Club was formed on Tyneside by friends of a rider who died after contracting the illness.

Almost 100 club members took part in a charity ride from Blaydon on Tyneside to Tow Law in County Durham on Sunday.

Sir Bobby launched his cancer foundation but died of the disease in July last year. So far it has raised more than £2.5m.

Event organiser Paul Hunter, 53, said: "We lost a good friend to cancer and this is our way of remembering him and doing something positive to fund research into the disease.

"I used to think you were unlucky to get cancer, but now I think you're lucky if you don't because so many people are affected by it."

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched in March 2008, with its main focus on clinical trials of new cancer drugs at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

A spokeswoman for the foundation said: "We're very grateful for the efforts of the 2 Toots Scooter Club.

"The money they have raised will help people from across the north east and Cumbria who are fighting cancer now and in the future."

In its first year, more than 600 new patients have been treated at the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre.

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