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.   

Tim Bacon Foundation Event

The Christie charity is to benefit from Manchester’s first city-wide banquet which raised over £527,000 for the Tim Bacon Foundation.

Tim, a former Christie patient who sadly passed away in 2016 was the co-founder of the Living Ventures empire with current CEO Jeremy Roberts. More than 1,000 diners descended on eight Living Ventures restaurants including Manchester House, Australasia, Artisan, Alchemist, Grill on the Alley and GUSTO, for the amazing Dream the Impossible Dream charity event. The evening culminated in a glamorous after party at The Albert Hall where guests were entertained by the amazing Beverley Knight and then danced the night away with DJ Craig Charles.

Guests at the event: Jeremy Roberts, Toby Sproll and Gary Neville from Bruntwood

The Tim Bacon Foundation is generously supporting The Christie’s Proton Beam Therapy project. We should therefore like to thank Jeremy and his team and everyone who supported the event which was incredibly successful in terms of paying tribute to the memory of Tim Bacon and in raising awareness for the work of The Christie.

Brooks Macdonald

Thank you to award- winning investment management company Brooks Macdonald who have supported the Christie in 2017 by sponsoring a number of key events throughout the year, including our flagship ‘Christie charity Ball’, which raised an incredible £170,000 for Dr Jon Bell’s interventional radiology project.

Claire Bennison Director – Head of Services & Product Development said; “We are thrilled to be a leading partner of The Christie across several of its key events throughout 2017, including The Christie Charity Ball. Having partnered with The Christie on various projects in the past, Brooks Macdonald has a strong understanding of the importance of the work it is doing. The money raised through these events will continue to fund the remarkable treatment and research that takes place at The Christie and we are very proud to be playing a part in helping to shape the future of cancer care”

Jan Trevalyan

Thank you to long standing supporter Jan Trevalyan and his partner Lisa Marriott, who have raised an incredible £126,000 for the proton beam therapy research room since 2015.

For the past two years, Jan and Lisa have held their annual Yabba Dabba Do event at their home in aid of The Christie, with last year’s event raising £50,000.

Jan says ‘I think it’s important to give back where you can. The funds raised from this charity event will do an incredible amount of good - helping our little ones with cancer fight to live full lives and indeed be able to grow up as our future doctors, lawyers and leaders of the world’.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Jan and his family for their continued support of The Christie and all of the funds they have raised for the proton beam therapy research room.

Sir Norman Stoller

North West Philanthropist Sir Norman Stoller CBE has made an incredible difference to The Christie by funding equipment in our proton beam therapy research room.

Sir Norman says ‘I had cancer of the colon in 1997, and a fabulous surgeon saved my life. I then got cancer of the prostate in 2012, and they say that anyone who has cancer twice is just greedy! The Christie is one of the most fantastic centres of excellence in this field, and who would not want to help them? So I am pleased to support the proton beam therapy research room.’

It is impossible to express just how grateful we are for The Stoller Charitable Trust’s generous pledge towards the proton beam therapy research room. Thank you to Sir Norman for his wonderful support for this pioneering project.

Adam Irvine

A big thank you to Adam who has completed over 30 sporting events and challenges since 2010, raising nearly £7,000 for The Christie charity.

Adam was just 26 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2008 and received the news he may not be able to have children. He underwent successful treatment at The Christie and is now dad to daughter Erin and his wife Lisa is now expecting their second child.

Adam said ‘Becoming a father is an amazing feeling and looking back cancer tried to take that feeling from me but being given another chance by the excellent staff at The Christie and to see my daughter Erin is something I will always be in their debt for.’

Adam has conquered two marathons, two triathlons and various bike rides to name just a few of his achievements over the last 7 years. He will also add the first ever Great Manchester Run Half Marathon to that list as he tackles it in 2017.

Carl Beresford

We want to say a huge thank you to Carl for running the equivalent of eight marathons in eight days!

One marathon is an achievement for most but Carol wanted to kick off his year of fundraising by taking on this gruelling challenge as a way of thanking The Christie after his girlfriend Vikki was successfully treated and received the all clear from cervical cancer.

Carl had fantastic support during his challenge including from his employer, Firwood Carpets, who gave him a great send off, his friends and family who supported him en route, the pubs who offered free rooms, and Vikki’s brother Jack who ran with him for the full 220 mile round trip from Denton to Muncaster!

Carl has already raised over £4,300 and is hoping to reach his target of £7,500 by the end of the year by taking part in other events including the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride and Rough Runner.

Carl we think you’re amazing, thank you!

Jennifer Russell

Thank you to Jennifer who has been fundraising for The Christie since 2013 by taking part in the Great Manchester Run, a skydive and the Tower Run.

When Jennifer started fundraising her aim was to raise £4,000, and she’s now raised over £4,500 for our newly opened Integrated Procedures Unit and our Cancer Appeal fund.

Jennifer says, “My motivation is my mum. She is the strongest women I know and that is all down to the care and help that has been provided by The Christie. The Christie is at the forefront of the new treatment she is receiving, so I couldn't think of a better way to repay them for looking after my mum than raising money for this fantastic charity. I cannot praise their support enough, not just for my mum but all our family and knowing that every time she goes to The Christie she is coming out that little bit stronger. So thank you for helping my mum.”

Thank you Jennifer for all your hard work training and fundraising for your events. Keep up the amazing work, we’re looking forward to seeing you again at an event soon!

Andrew Wallenfang

Thank you to Andrew who has been taking part in sporting events, from the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride to Gung-Ho!, to help make a difference to Christie patients and their families since 2015.

Andrew’s fundraising journey started when his step-dad was diagnosed with myeloid sarcoma, as a way to create something positive out of what seemed like a negative time in his and his family’s lives.

Andrew says, “Once I had come to terms with the news, I wanted to do something to help. Although I knew I couldn’t help my step-dad with his treatment, I knew I could help The Christie by raising vital funds.”

Andrew’s step-dad sadly passed away in May 2016 after a 13 month battle. Andrew says, “We will be forever thankful to everyone at The Christie for looking after our Dad, from the staff who administered his treatment, to the reception staff who would have him smiling and laughing even on the darkest of days.”

We would also like to say a big thank you to Andrew’s family, friends and colleagues from HSS Hire who joined him at events and helped Andrew to raise over £4,300 for The Christie since 2015.

Seddon Construction

Seddon Construction whose Head Office is based in Bolton, have a longstanding partnership with The Christie which began in 1997 when both organisations were celebrating their 100th birthdays. As part of Seddons centenary celebrations, they provided The Christie with two operating theatres.

Seddons have just adopted The Christie charity as their chosen charity for the next five years. They are aiming to raise a whopping £250k. The funds raised will support the development of the Proton Beam Therapy Research Room at the new Proton Beam Therapy Centre which is due to open in 2018.

Team Seddons have already taken part in many events in 2017 such as the Tower Run, Fire Walk and London Marathon, with many challenges still to come including the National 3 Peaks Challenge and taking on Killimanjaro. We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Seddons and would like to thank them for all their support.

Airswift South Pole Trek

On the 30th December 2016, Ian Langley (Chairman of Airswift), embarked on an epic fundraising journey by trekking to the South Pole. Alongside Wilmslow entrepreneur Roger Wood, Ian made his way across Antarctica for 13 days in 24 hour daylight to raise funds for The Christie.

With 7 hours of sled pulling, at 10,000 feet and in temperatures down to –37 degrees centigrade, the trek was physically and mentally demanding. Ian described how the fundraising target spurred them on to reach their destination:

“One of the subjects that we thought about during the long days and nights, were the charities and the people in need of their support. Whilst we were somewhat uncomfortable during the more arduous parts of our trip, this paled into insignificance when we thought about people coping with cancer.”

Arriving at the South Pole on 11th January, Ian and the expedition team successfully completed the trek and raised well over £25,000 to be split amongst their three chosen charities. Ian and Roger wanted to support The Christie in tribute to Roger’s late wife who was treated here.

Airswift formed in early 2016 when Air Energi and Swift Worldwide Resources formally merged. Air Energi previously supported The Christie as their charity of the year and we are delighted to receive continued fundraising support from Airswift.

Manchester PA Network

Amanda Hargreaves co-founded Manchester PA Network with Melanie Sheehy back in July 2011 as a not-for-profit organisation and a way to support a charity they held very close to their hearts. Amanda was only 9 years old when she sadly lost her mum Wendy aged 34 to cancer. Amanda says that without the Christie and its wonderful staff, she might have lost her mum sooner.

The Network started with 50 members who hosted monthly meetings with proceeds from the network event tickets going towards their fundraising. But Amanda wanted to do more. When they became Corporate Fundraisers they heard about the Tree of Hope, a unique place in the Garden of Remembrance at The Christie that helps create a lasting tribute to loved ones in return for fundraising of £15,000. Reaching that 1st goal didn’t take them long and today not only does Amanda’s mum have a bronze leaf on the Tree of Hope but they have gone on to fund 3 additional tribute leaves for other members loved ones.

In December 2016, The PA Network pledged to raise an amazing £100,000 for The Christie charity by 2020. They fundraise through a variety of events including participation in the Great Manchester Run, Abseils, Afternoon Tea’s at the Hilton to name a few and they have already reached an incredible £75,000!

“The hospital itself doesn’t feel like it did when I first walked in as a child with my Mum, it now feels like somewhere that isn’t scary, it feels like a place of hope and just by being there you want to give something back and help make it even better than it already is. Being corporate fundraisers and a corporate Partner of The Christie charity for over six years we have been lucky enough to hear about ground breaking treatment and research from the clinicians, the radiographers, the nurses and the fundraising team to name a few. We’ve been lucky to meet the amazing patients who have been treated at the hospital or are taking part in clinical trials – believe me hearing how the treatment is progressing thanks to fundraising is one of the best feelings in the world and it really inspires us to go out and do more!” - Amanda Hargreaves.

Angus Easson

We would like to say a very special thank you to Angus who has been supporting The Christie for many years and has recently very kindly informed us that he has decided to leave a gift in his Will to The Christie.

This is a very special way of supporting our work well into the future and below Angus shares his story about his reasons for deciding to support us in this way.

“During my life time, I have supported a number of charities including The Christie as I have been very well aware of its work both clinically and medically for those people living with cancer having now lived in the Manchester area for the past 40 years.

Personally, I am very aware of how devastating this disease can be and the effect that it can have on the lives of people living with cancer along with their family and friends and the need to fight against it. The work needed to understand more about the disease and treat it more effectively is as important now as it has been for many years. I have already lost many family members and friends to cancer (my mother died at the age of 49, my younger brother at the age of 66 and a partner at the age of 49), so I am adamant that I want to help continue the work that is already happening to improve treatment, to understand more about its nature as well as extend the expertise to help make the biggest difference possible when I am no longer here.

That is why by bringing all things together, I am convinced that the importance of the Christie’s work is now more important than ever and that is why I have decided to leave a gift in my Will.”

For anyone that feels that they would like to support our work in this way in the years to come, then please do visit our Legacy webpage to find out more information about how you can do this.

The Steve Prescott Foundation

The foundation is the legacy of Steve Prescott MBE who passed away in November 2013. Steve was diagnosed with a rare abdominal cancer, pseudomyxoma peritonei in 2006. He formed the Foundation in 2007 to raise funds and awareness of the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and The Christie charity.

Over the last ten years the Foundation has raised over an incredible £465,000 for The Christie charity through an array of fantastic events and activities. We want to thank all those involved in the Foundation for their continued loyal support over the last decade.

Suzanne England

A former patient of The Christie, Suzanne celebrated being cancer-free for five years by raising an amazing £20,000 for The Christie charity. Her garden party fundraiser was a fabulous success raising much needed funds for our Lymphoma Research Fund. We want to thank Suzanne for her support and dedication to The Christie.

Altrincham and Sale Fundraising Group

Chaired by Charity Governor, Janice Moss, this fantastic fundraising group continue to go from strength to strength having raised over £740,000 to date.

2017 marks the group’s twenty year anniversary. Over the last two decades the group have hosted multiple wonderful events from their annual afternoon tea to their presentation dinner and many local fundraising events in and around Altrincham and Sale. Their dedication to fundraising for The Christie charity is outstanding.

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