Omega chair presents £100k to charity

Founder and chairman of British kitchen manufacturer Omega Plc Sir Bob Murray has handed over a cheque for £100,000 to the Foundation of Light

17 Feb, 24

Founder and chairman of British kitchen manufacturer Omega Plc Sir Bob Murray has presented a cheque for £100,000 to the Foundation of Light.

Omega chairman Sir Bob presents £100k to Foundation of Light

The money was raised from the sales of his autobiography, just three months after publication.

Sir Bob decided to write his book after the charity he founded encouraged him to tell his inspiring life story to help raise much needed funds to support the Foundation.

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During his 20-year tenure as Sunderland AFC chairman, Sir Bob Murray founded  The Foundation of Light which uses football to inspire young people and change lives using sports, health, community and education programmes. 

‘I’d do it all again is Sir Bob Murray’s story from Consett streets of the 1950s where he left school with just one ‘O’ level, to the visionary behind the Stadium of Light, Academy and Beacon of Light.

He recounts interactions with a wide cast of characters ranging from Len Shackleton, Brian Clough, Lawrie McMenemy, Peter Reid, Niall Quinn and even a former Prime Minister for whom he had to act a human shield!

Sir Bon Murray said: “I’ve been amazed by the generosity of Sunderland supporters and the feedback from all sorts of people since the book was published. Friends joked for years that I should write a book but I never dreamt I’d really do it

“It was a harder task than I imagined at the start and took us several years to complete. Going back in time has it’s up and downs and can be quite emotional.

“It’s lovely recalling some of the happiest times in your life again but was harder having to remember and re-live some of the more difficult times and losses in my life. There were times when it definitely had an impact on me and my wife Sue.

“The reason for doing the book was to give something back to people from the northeast. I love the region and am indebted to the people here who’ve played such a major part in my life.

“I’ve been blown away by the response of Sunderland fans and people buying the book. Their kind-hearted response is so typical of their generosity and in doing so they are now supporting other people in the northeast who just need a little help.”

I’d Do It All Again is also available to buy online at or in-person at the Beacon of Light and SAFC Club Store.

All proceeds from sales of the autobiography go to the Foundation of Light.