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Community celebrates memory of lifelong Newcastle fan and fundraiser
Matt Roberts, PR and media advisor
Family and friends of a lifelong Newcastle fan who died after a short battle with illness donned her beloved club’s strip to celebrate her life at a special ceremony.
Raising money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, part of Newcastle Hospitals Charity, there was a large turnout to honour the memory of diehard toon fan Angela Armstrong.
Angela, 56 from Benton, was a passionate fundraiser and loved creating big events like the one held in her honour.
The event at her former workplace, Home Group, whose office looks directly onto St James’ Park, was organised by her work colleagues who have been left devastated by Angela’s death.
Members of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation were also there, including Lady Elsie herself.
Alongside celebrating Angela’s life, the event was able to raise close to £4,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the family’s charity of choice.
Also, there was Angela’s husband of 33 years Peter, with whom they had two children Faye and Ryan.
Angela’s Home Group Colleague, Raeleigh Bell, said: “We are all still so devastated that Angela has gone. It’s hard to take in, she’s such a miss. She was the life and soul of our team.
“She was so looking forward to spending time with her first grandchild, which sadly she didn’t get time to do. But she was so happy and was telling everyone who would listen. She was such a family person and so proud of them all.”
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds a range of cutting-edge cancer treatment and innovative cancer support services for children and adults with cancer.
The research and clinical trials funded are not only making a huge difference to patients in the North East and Cumbria receiving treatment now, but are also part of long-term national and international efforts into the disease and what Sir Bobby hoped would become his legacy for others facing cancer.
Lady Elsie Robson says: "It was a great pleasure to visit Home Group today and especially to meet Angela's family.
"I was very impressed by the enormous fundraising efforts everyone has gone to with this wonderful event. Angela was obviously extremely well thought of by her friends and colleagues."