Bob revolutionised children's cancer treatment when he founded CLIC (Cancer & Leukaemia in Children) in 1976 after personally witnessing the struggles of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer - Bob's son Robert had been diagnosed in 1974, and sadly passed away in 1977.
Bob set up CLIC cottage, the first in-hospital accommodation, enabling families to stay with their sick children while they underwent treatment. The charity developed new research and treatments, as well as spending money, energy, and time working to improve the future for children affected by cancer.
We have been fortunate to work very closely with CLIC Sargent for many years, especially with their hospital-based support and social workers who do a truly fantastic job.
Since Bob first started CLIC, survival rates for childhood cancers have increased from just 3 in 10 to around 8 in 10 now.
In 2005, CLIC merged with Sargent Cancer Care for Children to form CLIC Sargent, undoubtedly the leading charity in the field of supporting children with cancer and their families.
During his lifetime, Bob raised over £100million for charity and deservedly received a Pride of Britain award, an honorary degree from the University of Bristol and an OBE from the Queen.
Our condolences go to Bob's family and friends. Thank you, Bob.