This guy… What can we say about this guy? He loves a selfie (who doesn’t?!), he enjoys the occasional half-marathon and OH, yeah he runs the UK’s only germ cell cancer awareness charity!
Toby does just about everything around here day-to-day (our awesome trustees do the rest!) and we think he’s the BALLS! Toby has dedicated himself to raising awareness of the disease that took his brother – and we’re rather proud of him for that. He’s self-taught himself all the skills he needs to run The Robin Cancer Trust – he takes on events, volunteering, fundraising, marketing, social media, design, content and so much more. He puts in as many hours as his amazingly understanding wife will allow (shout-out to Mrs. Freeman!) and has recently been awarded the British Citizen Award for services to healthcare for his dedication.
Outside of charity-life, Toby enjoys spending time with his beautiful daughter, wife and pooch Pip – and is a proud comic-book nerd.
“To be able to say that our work has saved lives – and to be able to measure the impact that we are having on young men and women’s lives is more that we could have ever imagined. I am so thankful to everyone for supporting me, my family and The Robin Cancer Trust from an idea to a national charity with a global reach”
AKA Pappa Freeman, AKA Grand-Pappa Freeman, AKA Toby’s slightly older-looking twin…
Mark is literally the most efficient person ever… Maybe it’s all the years he’s spent as Managing Director of his own Project Management company? Maybe it’s because he has decades of experience being involved in local schools, clubs, charities and organisations? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he hasn’t seemed to age for about 15 years… Who knows? We just know that we’re lucky to have him!
Mark enjoys watching as much rugby as possible, taking breaks with Lorna and their dogs in their caravan and of course attending as many RCT events as possible (oh, and don’t let him convince you he doesn’t enjoy taking minutes – he LOVES taking minutes)
“Knowing that we have saved lives makes all the hard-work worthwhile – but now it’s onto the next one, and the next one after that”
AKA Mumma Freeman – the heart and soul of The Robin Cancer Trust.
How do you describe a lady that gives so much? Mum? Wife? Caregiver? Trustee? None of them seem to do justice to the awesomeness that is Lorna. She raised 3 boys in Adam, Robin & Toby – nursing Robin through his teenage years when he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and spending every waking second by Rob’s side throughout his treatment in London and being by his side when he passed away. She continued to look after the family through their grief and help the charity grow from an idea to a reality. Lorna has recently taken a step-back from her duties as a Trustee to focus on herself for the first time ever and we’re super proud of her for that – she bloody deserves it. Lorna will continue to support the charity and will still be dishing-out her infamous had-written thank you cards to our volunteers and fundraisers! Rob called Lorna his Guardian Angel, and we can’t think of a more beautiful way to describe this amazing lady.
Her outside interests include a range of holistic healing, floristry; walking the two family dogs Meg & Pepper and is currently writing Robin’s autobiography leading up to the Trust’s beginnings.
“It is important to have hope in this life and my hope is that we can show by example that positivity can arise out of negativity by setting up our charity. The ultimate hope is that in doing so, we can help save other families from going through the awful tragedy that our family has had to deal with.”
Andrew is the Chair of The Robin Cancer Trust – and no, that doesn’t mean he’s wooden, rigid and *comfy to sit on (*we haven’t actually tested this) – what is means is that he leads the way for all things germ cell cancer awareness in the UK!
Andrew has years of experience as a trustee and chair of numerous local charities and national advisory committees – alongside 20+ years experience as Director of Estate Management at the University of Essex – and following his early retirement, he decided his next challenge would be constantly dealing with Toby’s crazy ideas (hero alert!) Andrew’s is a long-time Colchester United supporter, and is taking full-advantage of his early retirement with loads of walking, swimming, watching, attending music events, the theatre, cinema, reading and listening to music (he is the busiest retired person we’ve ever met!)
“Life is precious and I want to help young people have a life as enjoyable as mine is and has been.”
Martin has known the Freeman’s his entire life, growing up with Toby (and yes, there are SO many embarrassing photos) and later playing alongside him and Rob in Sunday-league football – spending years picking up Toby’s slack in a dynamic CM duo.
Martin is our regular Stato – enjoying an illustrious career as Editor-in-Chief at football statistics website WhoScored.com. He also contributes to the sports desks for the Guardian, Sky and The Independent, among others, through this capacity. Martin stepped-up as acting Chairman to facilitate Toby’s move to full-time CEO and continues to support The Robin Cancer Trust in his role as trustee and supporter.
As a lifelong Aston Villa fan (someone has to be right?) his claim to fame is playing alongside Emile Heskey, scoring a worldie past Dean Saunders and winning an AVFC 5-a-side tournament! Martin commutes to London from his family home in Wickford, where he lives with his handsome son and beautiful wife.
“Having had the pleasure of spending a large part of my childhood with the Freeman family I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help the charity in any way that I can. The goals that the RCT have set to try and ensure a positive outcome for others from such a devastating personal tragedy are incredibly admirable and typical of a magnificent family, honouring a fantastic young man.”
Jo is undoubtedly the nicest person you will ever meet. In all honesty she puts the rest of us to shame and it’s really hard to keep up with how thoughtful, compassionate and dedicated she is… But we are definitely better people for knowing her – and that’s an amazing trait to have (never change Jo!)
Jo is studying for her PhD in family law, always juggling a ridiculous workload and intense deadlines with her passion for raising awareness and pushing the charity forward. Jo has abseiled down a tower-block, been the face of our ovarian cancer awareness campaign and is always a sounding-board for Toby when he needs a level-head!
“Getting involved with the Robin Cancer Trust is one of the best things I’ve done. The charity has been a catalyst for putting people in the local community in touch with each other, as well as being truly inspirational in its awareness-raising work. The charity has the most fantastic supporters and it’s a real privilege to work with such a wonderful team of people towards such a crucial goal.”
David loves cycling. More specifically David loves cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats – having completed it TWICE. He has calves like the Hulk and a mouth like Deadpool – it’s certainly never boring when David’s around!
David works as a Director for a Financial Solutions company and likes to keep busy… Father to a young son (and husband to a very understanding wife!) he takes on the role of Chairman for two Saturday-league football teams, whilst running, cycling and playing squash every week – oh, and he attends music festivals with the charity all summer, plans fundraising events and is always volunteering (and occasionally dresses up as a T-Rex to check Toby’s balls, but that’s a story for another day)…
“I joined The Robin Cancer Trust because I heard about Rob’s story – being the same age and hearing what he and his family went through resonated with me and I wanted to do something to make sure it didn’t happen to another young man or woman. That, and I enjoy cycling for charity…”
Did you see that brand-new awareness video? Or that funny status on social media? Or that eye-catching poster in the shop window? You have Claire to thank for that.
Claire is our resident Marketing guru – with an mind for strategic thinking and an eye for content creation – she is always thinking balls and ovaries! She works in the marketing team for another amazing local charity (and one that’s very close to our hearts) St. Helena Hospice – and her enthusiasm and passion for the charity-sector never wanes as she spends all of her spare time (when she isn’t studying for her next qualification) driving the RCT awareness campaigns forward to reach more young adults across the UK!
“The Robin Cancer Trust is a unique and inspirational charity that I’m proud to be a part of. The mix of humour and awareness gives us a creative license that is rare in the charity sector, and we thoroughly enjoy taking advantage of it! Our campaigns save lives, and that makes all the hard-work worthwhile”