Father and sons strip for The Christie

Press release posted 10 September 2015

A father and his two sons have stripped off for a charity calendar in their latest efforts to fundraise for The Christie.

The Broude family has tirelessly fundraised on behalf of their son and brother Robert since he passed away in 2004. Robert, a former Manchester Grammar School pupil, was treated as a teenager at The Christie in Manchester for a rare form of cancer and sadly died aged just 19.

The calendar features Robert's father Peter, and his two brothers Adam, 27, and Mark, 25 as well as a number of Robert's friends, men from the charity committee created in his name, and a number of other supportive businesses and local groups, including, a group of surveyors, chefs, dentists, rowers, printers, Total Fitness and UK Forces.

The amateur models all appear in a variety of poses and are completely naked.

The Broude family, from Prestwich, has raised more than£320,000, to fund a day unit for teenage and young adult patients at The Christie, which was named 'Rob's Day Unit' as a tribute. In order to maintain this legacy, the family are always looking for new and exciting ways to fundraise.

Peter Broude, 59, said: "When the men's committee first mentioned the idea to the ladies committee there were a lot of giggles, but they thought if we could pull it off then it would be brilliant. And with the unbelievable generosity of everyone who modelled, our photographer Ben Blackall, and our printers DXG, we have created a calendar to rival the Calendar Girls."

The calendar will be officially launched at a celebratory event on 26th September at Media City which will mark 10 years of fundraising for the Broude family.

Peter continued: "Robert was such a fun loving boy with a great sense of humour. He would have found it hilarious to see his dad and brothers doing something like this. And this would definitely have been something he would have joined in with, especially as the proceeds will go towards helping other young people cope with cancer."

Rebecca Jones, community fundraising manager from The Christie charity said: "We are so grateful to the Broude family and their friends for their continued support of The Christie. Their fundraising has made a huge difference to the lives of teenage and young adult cancer patients, and 'Rob's Day Unit' is a fantastic legacy to remember and honour Robert."

The calendar will cost £5 and is available to buy from The Christie catalogue, The Christie hub within the hospital in Withington, from the businesses that participated in making and printing the calendar including; Total Fitness and Great John Street Hotel in Manchester and online at www.charitycardsonline.com/Christie.

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who helped raise £13.3m last year.  

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