Counting down to final bids in Sir Bobby’s auction

Former Ipswich Town manager Sir Bobby Robson

Former Ipswich Town manager Sir Bobby Robson - Credit: Paul Kingston/North News

The hours are now being counted down before the closure of Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction.

People keen to bid for the selection of amazing lots have until 7.30pm tomorrow to make their offers.

And there’s still a chance to pick up one of the top prizes being offered by a special Text To Win.

The spectacular list of lots, which total 330, have already seen big bids already made and a frenzy of activity is expected today and tomorrow.

It comes just hours after up to £50,000 was raised at a ball held at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, which included an auction of 16 lots and the sale of 200 £50 golden tickets for a unique sheet lead sculpture of a fragment of a face by artist Shaun Brosman. It raised £10,000.

Now it’s hoped the auction will help lift the funds to its £1 million target which is to go towards the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and the Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals.

Yesterday, Gina Long, founder of the auction and ball, said: “We just need people to get on line and bid and help us to reach our big, big milestone. “So many people have been so, so generous. We just need that final push.”

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Along with Sir Bobby’s widow, Lady Robson, the pair are due on Sky News this morning at 11.30am to further promote the auction.

Meanwhile, Chris Hollins, who hosted Thursday night’s ball added his call to action.

“So far we have raised a huge amount of money. There is not a single person who has not been touched by this horrendous disease [cancer] and it’s a constant battle to fight it. Don’t miss out on some incredible prizes.

“There are not many football fans who can say that they have had lunch with Andre-Villas Boas or had a net with Graeme Swann. There are not many opportunities to travel to Germany and link up with Bayern Munich and manager Pep Guardiola. These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”

And a further spectacular lot was added to the list yesterday.

It came courtesy of former Ipswich Town director Holly Bellingham and her husband Simon Turner, who live in Lavenham, and own the Sumaridge Wine Estate, in South Africa’s Western Cape.

It is seven night’s accommodation for a maximum of 10 adults at the estate’s sumptuous five-room lodge, at Hermanus, 80 miles east of Cape Town airport.

It has four en-suite bedrooms, all with brushed-oak flooring and four poster beds and boasts private patios or balconies.

Holly said: “The beautiful landscape is reminiscent of the West coast of Scotland or Ireland.

“It’s a house that has been designed for house parties. Whether it’s enjoying a ‘sundowner’, curled up with a good book, regaling friends with tales of the ‘one that got away’, lazing in the jacuzzi, cooking up a braii in the fire pit, or going to war on the boule court. When it comes to early evening all our guests, young and old, seem to gravitate to the veranda and it becomes the heart of the house.”

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay and enjoy a location that is very rarely available to the public.

She added: “I was lucky enough to know Sir Bobby when I was at Ipswich Town FC and he used to tease me about being his ‘bird on the board’.

“This is a fantastically worthwhile campaign and just a delight that I can help in some way and an honour to be able to support something that being done in Suffolk and helping to share another piece of heaven in another part of the world.”

To win one of the prizes by Text To Win text BOBBY to 83222.

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