Widnes Vikings have confirmed that the club raised £40,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, thanks to ‘Tackling Cancer…#ImOnIt’ campaign.
The campaign was launched in January, and a key part of its strategy was to invite Widnes fans to donate £10 in order to have their names inscribed on the Vikings shirt for Magic Weekend.
Last year, the Vikings campaign raised £20,000 for the cause.
Vikings director Brian O’Connor was grateful for all donations received.
“Once again I would like to pass on my thanks to every single person who donated to this initiative,” he said.
“Its success is down to you and I am proud to know that our club has helped to make such a difference to so many lives.
“I would also like to pass on my thanks to the O’Neills Irish Sportswear who faced a number of challenges through out the manufacture of the shirt but as always delivered a garment that was second to none.
“And finally I would like to praise all of the staff at the Vikings who worked tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the campaign was delivered efficiently.
“It has been a privilege for our club to have played our part in such a rewarding campaign.”
Speaking on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Andrew Robson highlighted the support received from the Vikings fans.
“This is just phenomenal support from Widnes Vikings and their fans, once again,” he said.
“We’re really amazed at how much money has been raised for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation through this Magic Weekend campaign. It’s fantastic.
“And we’re so touched by the great enthusiasm both the club and fans bring to their fundraising efforts for Dad’s charity.
“To see the Widnes fans in the stands at St James’ wearing black and white and with our charity logo on their shirts is very special. We’re extremely grateful to everyone involved.”