Christie supporters out in force at sportman’s dinner
Press Release Posted 29 May 2012
Supporters of The Christie enjoyed a rare evening
with Manchester United legend Nobby Stiles at Old Trafford for a
celebratory sportman's dinner.
Manchester United legend Nobby Stiles
World cup hero Nobby was a special guest speaker at the event
where he entertained an audience of individuals and businesses from
across the North-West in recognition of Manchester United Football
Club. Guests were given the low-down on Nobby's tales of days gone
by at the club where he spent 11 years. The audience were delighted
to hear Nobby speak fondly of George Best, Alan Ball and Bobby
Nobby, 70, won two league titles and a European Cup during his
career with Manchester United. After England won the World Cup in
1966, Nobby's celebratory post-match parade with the cup and his
false teeth has gone down in history.
Earlier in the day, some of the guests had the unique
opportunity to play a match on the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams.
An auction of exclusive Manchester Utd, art and celebrity
memorabilia was also held, with one lucky winner managing to bag a
limited edition Manchester United Opus, which would normally sell
Charity backers also had the chance to hear from ex-Christie
patient Andy Smith, comedian John Stiles, Nobby's son, and Chairman
of The Christie charity, Lord Keith Bradley.
Lord Keith Bradley, Chairman of The Christie charity said:
"It was an honour to hear from the 1966 World Cup hero, Nobby
Stiles MBE, and also from one of our young patients, Andy Smith.
The Manchester United Foundation has been supporting us for several
years and it is a partnership that we are hugely grateful
for. Our Young Oncology Unit treats over a hundred young
cancer patients a year. As well as delivering world-class
treatment, the unit is focused on making our patients' experience
more bearable, by providing an informal homely environment with
extra support, such as music therapy. The importance of this unit
is almost indescribable yet it is one of the many areas in the
Trust in need of external funding. Evenings such as this give us
the opportunity to explain what we are about as cancer specialists
and highlight how people can get involved. On behalf of The
Christie charity, I'd like to thank Manchester United and all of
our dedicated supporters."
Andy Smith, a former patient at The Christie, who was diagnosed
with testicular cancer, shared his experiences with guest at the
event. He said:
"Having been a patient at The Christie, I've seen the wonderful
work from the staff and their focus is always on the patient. The
importance of cutting edge treatment, a smiling nurse and true
expertise is hard to explain to people that haven't faced a
diagnosis themselves, but you literally walk into The Christie
doors and you feel safe. It's a special place I am now
determined to support.
"As a Red, I was doubly excited to hear Nobby Stiles talk about
his fascinating life at Old Trafford, it was definitely a once in a
Nobby Stiles MBE, who entertained the guests, said:
"It was a real pleasure to speak at this event, particularly
when it raises much needed funds for a worthy cause. I was
born and bred in Manchester, so I've always known of the fantastic
care, education and research that goes on at The Christie.
Hearing first hand from the patients about their experience was
pretty moving and brought home why we were all there on the
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