Sir Bobby's floral tributes composted

IPSWICH Town legend Sir Bobby Robson has found a unique new way of raising money - more than three months after he died.

IPSWICH Town legend Sir Bobby Robson has found a unique new way of raising money - more than three months after he died.

Compost made from flowers left in memory of the former England, Ipswich, and Newcastle manager has gone on sale in the North East to raise money for his cancer foundation.

Customers at the Earsdon Plant Centre, in Whitley Bay, have been able to buy up to two 25kg bags of the compost for �10 each.

Thousands of bouquets and wreaths were left in Newcastle in tribute to the late football legend in the days after his death in July.


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And florist shop worker Julie Clay, 49, and her son Conor, 14, came up with the idea of creating a Sir Bobby Robson compost as a lasting tribute to the great man.

Julie wanted to do something to ensure the flowers, left by fans who made a pilgrimage to St James' Park in Sir Bobby's memory, did not go to waste but were used to raise money for his charity.

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The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has a particular place in Julie's heart, since her sister Kathryn, 52, died earlier this year after suffering from kidney cancer for six years.

She was treated at the Freeman Hospital, like Sir Bobby, and a collection at her funeral raised more than �900 for the charity.

Julie said: “The flowers were laid with huge respect and affection for Sir Bobby and we didn't want to see them go to waste.

“People have been so good giving their services free of charge.”

For more information on The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, or to make a donation, visit www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk or to send a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, PO Box 307, Heaton, NE7 7QG.

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