Bob founded the charity Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood (CLIC) in 1976 after his young son Robert was diagnosed with cancer two years earlier. Sadly, Robert died in 1977 at only 11-years-old, but Bob went on to dedicate his life to charity work, including spending 20 years at the helm of CLIC.
Seventeen years on, following CLIC’s successful merger with Sargent Cancer Care for Children in 2005, CLIC Sargent is now the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people from birth to the age of 25.
In response to the announcement of Bob’s honour, Daphne Pullen, Chair of Trustees at CLIC Sargent, said:
“I’d like to congratulate Bob – his OBE is richly deserved. Through his tireless energy and determination he led the way in the development of specialist care and support for children with cancer and their families. By creating CLIC he laid the foundations upon which CLIC Sargent has been built. He has left a lasting legacy here at CLIC Sargent in our unshakeable commitment to improving the lives of children and young people with cancer.”