Football legend’s granddaughter helps out at Faro’s Refúgio

They look like any bunch of happy youngsters playing on the beach, but there are lots of stories behind the faces – and an even larger legacy within the shy smile of the teenager on the right.
Issy Robson, 17, is the granddaughter of football legend Sir Bobby. In the company of friend Bryony Button, she has been helping out as a volunteer at Faro’s children’s home, Refúgio Aboim Ascensão – and one of the highlights of the working holiday was a beach trip to Faro Island (pictured here).
“It has been a real joy and honour for us,” Refúgio director Dr Luís Villas-Boas told the Resident.
“Sir Bobby was a giant of a man. He helped us enormously when he was alive” – Sir Bobby set up the Sir Bobby Celebrity Golf Classic at Pestana Golf & Resorts in 2004 specifically to raise money for the children’s home that cares for babies and young children under the age of six.
“In a way, Sir Bobby continues to help us from the grave,” added Villas-Boas. “So having his granddaughter here with us has been a complete delight. A special visitor that all of us – children and adults – will remember with great fondness…”