A team from Manchester’s Joseph Holt Brewery visited The Christie NHS Foundation Trust recently to see how more than £400,000 they raised through a special centenary appeal is being spent.
Board members spent the morning at the specialist cancer hospital in Manchester, and were given a guided tour of the new Integrated Procedures Unit (IPU). The new unit is due to open in April.
Joseph Holt Brewery is the Trust’s longest-running charity partner and its publicans, employees and customers raised an incredible £402,000 to kickstart the new £5m Christie charity appeal. The IPU will bring together a number of services under one roof to help improve day-patients’ treatment experience.
By integrating and expanding five treatment services (interventional radiology, day-case procedures, plastic surgery, pain control and endoscopy clinic) The Christie can reduce waiting times, speed up treatment sessions, eliminate transfers between departments and minimise the need for overnight stays.
Each of the 125 Joseph Holt pubs across the region took part in various fundraising activities. They easily beat their initial target of £300,000 which included matched funding from the Peter Kershaw Trust and the Edward Holt Trust.
The appeal marked 100 years since Sir Edward Holt first raised £20,000 at the start of the First World War to found the Holt Radium Institute. This later combined with The Christie Hospital to form the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute.
Joseph Holt Ltd chief executive Richard Kershaw said:
It’s a measure of the generosity of our customers and staff throughout our pubs and office, that we have had such a successful Christie centenary appeal marking 100 years since my great grandfather Sir Edward Holt started the Holt Radium Institute.
Over the years the company has raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for The Christie. The latest donation is providing the Joseph Holt reception area at the new Integrated Procedures Unit currently being constructed above The Christie’s main entrance on Oak Road in Withington.
Roger Spencer, Chief Executive of The Christie said: "We were delighted to show the team from Joseph Holt, our longest running charity partner, how its donations are contributing to the vital new Integrated Procedures Unit at The Christie.
“Patients will benefit from the new unit, with shorter waiting times, treatments completed more quickly and big improvements in patient privacy and dignity. The unit is being completed to the highest possible standards.
“The relationship with Joseph Holt Brewery is a big part of The Christie’s heritage and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Joseph Holt for its support and dedication to The 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 43,000 supporters who helped raise £15.9m last year.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. The CQC commended the Trust not only for its effectiveness and care but also for its work in shaping the future of cancer care, noting the reach and influence of its clinical research projects.