Thank you gallery

A special thank you to some of our amazing fundraisers

We always love to receive photographs and stories from our fundraisers so we can let all our supporters know what other people are doing to raise money for us.  

If you have recently organised or taken part in an event and would like to see your story and photos featured in our gallery, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 446 3988 or email us at appeals@christies.org.  

Thank you once again for your fantastic support from everyone here at The Christie.  

HomeSpace Direct

Based in Stockport, HomeSpace Direct, a family run company, have previously donated duvet covers and bedding to the Christie to use as raffle prizes at various community events, but to mark their 10th Anniversary they have made a generous donation of £3,000 to the charity.

Priti Mehta of HomeSpace Direct said “donating to charity has always played a big part in my family’s beliefs and we wanted to celebrate this achievement by supporting a local organisation. The Christie was an ideal choice as it is one of Manchester’s major charities and it specialises in a disease that affects so many lives. We hope that this donation will help to support the Christie’s important work. Our success over the past 10 years is a credit to the hard work and dedication of our colleagues, and the support of our suppliers, friends and family and other partners who have all played their part. We now look forward to continuing our association with this amazing charity”.

From everyone at the Christie Charity we would like to say a big thank you to HomeSpace Direct and to Priti and her family for their continued support.

You can find out more about HomeSpace Direct here www.homespacedirect.com

Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson, 59, from Edgeley, turns 60 in March and to celebrate will undertake a marathon series of fundraising events with the help of BBC's Steph McGovern. Click here to read the full story.

Vishnu Mohandas

Happy 80th birthday to patient and generous fundraiser Vishnu Mohandas who instead of receiving presents for his special birthday held a party and asked for donations to The Christie. Over 200 people attended including friends, family and representatives from The Christie at Oldham where he received treatment.

After being diagnosed with cancer last year, Vishnu kindly decided to host his 80th Birthday Celebrations in honour of The Christie.

The celebration wasn't just held to raise funds but it was also an important cancer awareness evening for the local community and in the entrance to the party there was an awareness stand with leaflets and information for guests to take away with them to read.

Through the generosity of friends and family, a fantastic £3256.50 has been raised for our radiotherapy centre in Oldham and we're delighted to report that Mr Mohandas now has the all clear.

Thank you Vishnu and Happy Birthday!

Adam Riddle

Thank you to Adam Riddle, wife Jo and team mate Geoff who, as it stands have raised an incredible £6,210.00 for The Christie charity with their Big Bike Ride Home.

Adam was diagnosed with RCC (Kidney Cancer) in January 2006 and shortly after had his right kidney removed. Then in 2012 he was diagnosed with metastasis of RCC (recurrence), Stage 4 cancer.

Having been informed that Metastatic RCC does not have the highest response rate to conventional chemotherapy or radiotherapy so historically has been classed as incurable, Adam decided to take some control over his future. Thanks to the Internet, he found a treatment called HDiL2 which was only available at The Christie, by Professor Robert Hawkins, a true expert within this field.

The treatment is considered one of the toughest available, with a relatively low success rate (less than 15%), with very strict qualifying criteria. Regardless of the long odds, he asked for a referral from Middlesborough and was lucky enough to be invited down to Manchester for further analysis.

The tumour was within Professor Hawkins parameters however Adam was informed that the location of it was unique and nothing was guaranteed. Under Professor Hawkins and his team Adam endured 68 doses of the treatment. The side effects were unpleasant but Adam has praised The Christie nursing team as they were there 24 hours a day offering care and support. Adam says 'They really do become your best friends, which when combined with the infallible support of my wife, is all that is needed to man up and carry on when your body and every fibre of your being is just screaming for you to stop.'

In April this year Adam was informed he was officially in remission.

As a thank you to The Christie, on the 15th May this year Adam and Geoff embarked on the Big Bike Ride Home challenge which involved cycling from Switzerland to the UK. They didn't let the initial extreme snow and sun in Switzerland dampen their spirits and successfully completed the 900 mile ride.

After setting himself an initial target of £500 he was bowled over by the support from family & friends and quickly reached £2,500 within a few days! With the target exceeding and raised numerous times the fantastic total now stands at £6,210.00!

Adam has chosen to fundraise for the Patient Amenities Fund as after his experience knows the big difference extras such as TV and Music can make during a stay.

From everybody here at The Christie charity we would like to say a massive thank you to Adam for raising such a phenomenal amount and taking on the challenge. It's a truly inspirational story and we're so grateful for you to allowing us to share it.

To read more about Adam's ride visit his blog on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/bigridehome or to sponsor visithttps://www.justgiving.com/bigridehome/

Evan Hoult

A big thank you to Evan Hoult who has supported The Christie charity in the Junior & Mini Great Manchester Run for the last 6 years. During this time he has raised more than £2,000.

Evan has taken part in the run for The Christie every year because his aunty Audrey and a friend's dad both died from cancer. Evan said 'it's really sad my friend and his brother won't have a dad anymore, that's why I keep on running.'

His mum Ruth said of the 2014 event 'the run went really well on the day, he struggled a little because it was so hot, but he did really well. We're very proud of him.' In fact Evan has inspired his mum so much she has taken part in the Great Manchester Run for The Christie for the last 5 years!

This year Evan is running to raise money for Proton Beam Therapy at The Christie. To sponsor Evan or read more about his story visit his Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/EvanHoult1

From everybody at The Christie we would like to say a big thank you to Evan for all the hard work he puts into his running and fundraising.

Cheshire Oaks

We were thrilled to be chosen by MacArthur Glen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet as their Christmas charity for 2014. Staff and volunteers collected donations from shoppers visiting their incredible walk-in Christmas tree, the largest Christmas tree in the UK! The tree was strung with 9.5km of fairy lights and stood as tall as 7 London buses, it attracted thousands of visitors and we are delighted to announce that an amazing £20,150.70 was raised over this festive period.

We would not have been able to raise this fantastic total without our dedicated and committed volunteers who braved the wintery conditions to support The Christie, so we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who nominated us, collected for us and donated to us.

All funds raised from Cheshire Oaks' Christmas collections will go towards our Teenage and Young Adult Treatment Unit here at The Christie where it will be used for a number of different projects including vital research into new treatments, whilst also enabling the unit to provide the very best care and support for our patients as well as their families and carers.

Living Ventures

Over Christmas, we were proud to have the support of four of Living Ventures' well known restaurants in the region. Thanks to staff and customers at Australasia, Manchester House, Olive and Gusto in Didsbury, the group have managed to raise over £4,900 to help cancer patients at The Christie.

The fantastic total was reached by adding an optional donation of £1 to every bill during December. The response from customers was extremely positive, showing the wealth of support for the charity in the region.

Huge thanks to the team at Australasia who went on to organise a second fundraising event 'Singapore Swing' on 26th March in their bar, Grand Pacific. The glamorous cocktail evening, inspired by the famous Raffles Hotel inSingapore, held a raffle and auction in aid of the charity. It is hoped the event will raise a further £2,000.

We would like to thank the Living Ventures group and all four restaurants for choosing to raise funds for The Christie, their support will make a huge contribution towards helping our patients and their families both cope with and survive cancer.

Ken Russ & family

We would like to say a special thank you to Ken Russ and family for their fantastic continued support by holding various fundraising events and challenges for our Adult Brian Tumour fund.

Ken's step-daughter Danielle has shared her families personal story below. For anyone that would like to support Ken and his familes fundraising efforts please visit, https://www.justgiving.com/Danielle-Warcaba/

Ken's Story

Ken Russ who lives at Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumour in May this year after collapsing at work and having a seizure. The family were in massive shock as it came completely out of the blue with no warning signs.

Ken was sad to hear that little money raised for cancer goes towards research for brain tumours and therefore wanted to do something to help victims in the future. With the support of family and friends 4 events were put in place over a 4 week period helping us to raise the £11k +. His daughters and step daughter organised an awareness walk and a sponsored run around Hollingworth Lake. This alone helped raise £900. The Royal & Sun Alliance, where two of his daughters work, donated an amazing £1000. His neighbour had and afternoon tea party raising £100 and the main event on 27th September raised the additional £9k. With the support of family and friends we organised a garden party for Ken at a friend's house. Over 100people came and we had a great day. We had fantastic auction and raffle prizes donated by friends, neighbours, local businesses and Selfridge's department store. We had a cake and a pie competition, makeups, tombola, a raffle, a silent auction and an auction.

We were overwhelmed by how much we raised and can't thank everyone enough for their help, support and donations. Ken is still undergoing treatment.

TSK Group Limited

Congratulations to the team from TSK Group Limited for tackling Tough Mudder for the second year in the row and raising an absolutely fantastic £10,380.00

The 10 man team tackled the enormous Toughmudder challenge on Saturday 13th September at Cholmondeley Estate in Cheshire to raise money for The Christie.

The team set a £10K target, double the amount raised last year, which they exceeded. The team would like to say a big thank you to the truly amazing efforts of everyone involved. The support received from their families, friends, clients and suppliers was phenomenal and they are extremely grateful to those who made a donation for such a worthy cause.

The team said 'A key ingredient to our TSK mudders ethos was team work which ensured that each obstacle was attached with vigour and we achieved a second year of success. Branded TSK T-shirts and statement wigs were duly issued on the start line and they clearly contained extra strength as the outcome to complete the challenge was never in doubt.'

We would like to say a big thank you for taking on the challenge again and for raising such a phenomenal amount, we really appreciate all your support.

Matthew Leonard

'My amazing wife is my inspiration'

We'd like to say a massive thank you to Matthew Leonard and his team of 37 friends, family members and colleagues who successfully completed the Great Yorkshire Run on Sunday 28th September in memory of Matthew's late wife Chelsea. To date the team have raised a fantastic £9,734.15

Chelsea was diagnosed with stomach cancer with liver metastasis whilst 37 weeks pregnant. After giving birth to daughter Willow Grace, Chelsea continued to battle and was guided through 13 cycles of chemotherapy including 10 cycles on a clinical trial. Although results in the early stages of treatment were encouraging, Chelsea's condition worsened and, shortly after her wedding day on 7 June 2014, she was admitted to the Christie where the palliative team cared for her and managed her pain until she passed away peacefully on 30 June 2014, two weeks before Willow's first birthday.

'If I could bring up Willow to be half as strong, considerate, brave and kind hearted as Chelsea, I'll have done a good job. Once she knew the cancer was terminal, she took the view she just had to get on with it. She focused on spending as much time with Willow as possible - she stayed strong for her.'

The team here at The Christie Charity would like to say how grateful we are to Matthew and the team for all their hard work and wonderful fundraising efforts in Chelsea's memory.

To find out more about Matthew's fundraising story visit - www.justgiving.com/Leonard1

Fleur Binnington

Fleur Binnington raises over £15,000 in under 12 months in loving memory of husband Chris.

Fleur Binnington, friends and family visited The Christie in December to pay tribute to Fleur's late husband Chris Binnington by placing a gold leaf on the tree of hope.

The team having been fundraising throughout 2014 in loving memory of Chris and have managed to raise more than £15,000 in just 12 months. Fundraising activity included a wedding walk, fundraising ball and Fleur even did a skydive!

Thank you to everyone involved for making a difference for patients at The Christie.

Chafes Solicitors

Chafes Solicitors has donated £8,869.29 of dormant funds to The Christie. Dormant funds are unclaimed client monies left in the firm's possession. Conveyancing Executive Faye Allen has been working tirelessly to find clients to return the money. This included searching the internet and contacting the Department of Work and Pensions. After all avenues were exhausted, Chafes made an application to the Solicitors Regulation Authority to release the money to charity.

Practice Manager Caroline Calverley said, "We explored every possible way of ensuring the money was given to the rightful owners but our leads were exhausted. With the approval of the SRA we are delighted to give this money to The Christie. The money will go towards helping those with bowel cancer as it has affected the lives of colleagues in recent years."

Caroline believes that Chafes' situation is far from unique and wants to encourage other practices to follow suit. "Hundreds of solicitors across the country have dormant funds in their accounts. It's usually small amounts but these could add up to a substantial donation so I urge firms to review their accounts," said Caroline.

Mary McLaughlin of The Christie charity, said: "We are grateful that Faye and Caroline pursued the option of donating these dormant funds to The Christie. We rely solely on the generous donations of our supporters and funds we receive directly impact our patients by developing our world-class cancer treatment, research and education. The decision by Chafes Solicitors has shown what potential there is with these sleeping funds."

Mickey D - Hell of a Hill

We want to say a huge thank you to internationally acclaimed comedian Mickey D who took on the epic challenge of competing in the Hell of a Hill Five Day Challenge to raise money for The Christie.

The event saw competitors tackle the gruelling terrain and unforgiving weather of the Lancashire hills to complete 1 marathon a day for 5 consecutive days. Mickey was going strong over the first 3 days, ranking in the top 5 over days 1 and 2 and number 1 on day 3 but unfortuntately he took a nasty fall on the 4th day and had to be taken to hospital to stitch up his knee.

Thankfully he is on the mend and in a show of admirable determination he finished his week of fundraising with a comedy gala at Manchester's Frog & Bucket comedy club where all proceeds were donated to The Christie.

Mickey said: "Running The Hell of a Hill was a humbling experience, a huge physical and mental challenge. I took strength from all the support behind me and the great cause I was running for. An amazing week saw 5 gigs, my 35th birthday, 3 & 3/4 marathons, 10 stitches, an attempted helicopter rescue and most importantly nearly £2000.00 raised for The Christie! The race organisers, paramedics marshals and volunteers are brilliant! The race itself is tough, with gusts of 60mph upon the Pike and rocky downhill sections that got the better of me this time! I will be back!"

If you have been inspired to take on a challenge of any kind for The Christie we are here to help and will support you every step of the way, just get in touch on 0161 446 3988 or at appeals@christies.org.

Carole Nash Insurance

Manchester Insurance brokers, Carole Nash, celebrated their 30th anniversary this year and to mark the milestone they chose five charities to recieve a share of £30,000.

The Altrincham-based firm organised an internal vote for colleagues to nominate the charities they thought should recieve support. We were absolutley thrilled to recieve a very generous £10,500 donation.

Carole Nash's CEO, David Newman, met with our Corporate Fundraising Officer, Mary McLaughlin to officially present the cheque to The Christie. CEO David Newman said: "We're extremely proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary as a business this year. This historic achievement, as well as our continued growth and success, is testament to the talent and dedication of our colleagues, many of whom have been with us since the very early days of the business.

But we also understand the key role played by our customers and other partners, and our donating £30,000 to these five very worthy charities is our way of thanking our community for their support over the years." To read more about Carole Nash's charity work in the local community click here.

We are delighted that Carole Nash Insurance has chosen to support The Christie; it is such a generous gift and a lovely way to celebrate their 30th birthday. The funds donated have been put towards our cancer appeal fund, helping continue our vital work in improving cancer care and treatment across the North West and beyond.

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