Robert Williams – a Cheshire dairy farmer – has been recognised as one of the nation’s most ‘Remarkable Roberts’ by a bakery sharing his name.
The 44-year-old, from Sandbach, was posthumously awarded the title after losing his battle with cancer in January this year.
His mother-in-law, Jane Wilkinson, nominated him for the title following a TV ad campaign by Roberts bakery. searching for remarkable people with the name Robert.
Robert was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018, and his family and friends set up ‘Team Robster’, a team of fundraisers who have generated more than £45,000 in his name for The Brain Tumour Charity.
June described him as ‘a trojan’ who kept everyone’s spirits up throughout 15 months of treatment.
Following an MRI scan and subsequent biopsy, Robert was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain cancer that was both incurable and inoperable.
June said: “The care and support given to Robert, Sarah and their three children by The Brain Tumour Charity was exceptional.
“Team Robster was set up to help advance research into glioblastomas and help others in the same situation. It’s also done wonders to keep us all focused during his treatment and since his death earlier this year.”
Robert passed away in January 2020 and left behind wife Sarah and their three children, Laura, Jess and Max to whom he was “a gentle loving dad, giving them all his time and energy.”
The fundraising team completed sponsored walks and the Great North Run, completing their own Great Robster Run in place of this years’ cancelled event.
June added: “Robert was so dignified and strong during his treatment. He was always thinking of his family and what they were going through, putting friends at ease when they visited him – always knowing what to say and how to say it.
“He never sought the spotlight and was modest in all his ways. He was dedicated to doing the best by everyone, especially his farm and family. Robert was such a thoroughly good guy and I’m so very proud of him.”
The Brain Tumour Charity funds pioneering research to increase survival, raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours, and provide support for everyone affected by a brain tumour.
Helen Rogers, from the Community Fundraising Team at The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “It’s inspiring to hear that Robert has been chosen by Robert’s Bakery as one of their Remarkable Roberts – it’s a really fitting tribute to him!
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“We continue to be so grateful for the incredible fundraising efforts of Team Robster, and all our Supporter Groups. Brain tumours aren’t slowing down during the coronavirus pandemic, and with the continued support of fundraisers like Team Robster, neither are we.”
Find out more about Team Robster and donate here .