Toby Freeman


TV Presenter Matt Allwright, Toby Freeman, Pat Egan, Places for People

Toby’s brotherRobin was diagnosed with germ cell cancer in January 2011, and passed away aged just 24. The family was struck by the lack of information available to the public and vowed to raise awareness of these forms of cancer in 16 to 35-year-olds groups, focusing on testicular and ovarian cancers. Toby founded the Robin Cancer Trust in March 2012 and has worked tirelessly for it ever since.

Both testicular and ovarian cancers are over 90 per cent curable if detected early, so by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms, there is a very real opportunity to save young lives. The Robin Cancer Trust promotes a simple message: don’t be embarrassed; take responsibility for your health; and, seek medical help if needed. Toby has given, and continues to give, his absolute all to these objectives within this target group.

Toby’s determination, ambition, vision and sheer hard work have enabled the charity to go from strength-to-strength. From an idea formulated around the family kitchen table, the Robin Cancer Trust is now a charity with national standing.


Nominated by: Joanna Harwood