Barry goes for the burn with 60 fundraising challenges

Press release posted 08 December 2015

Veteran charity fundraiser Barry Thompson is planning another ambitious project to benefit young cancer patients at The Christie.

The Stockport-based insurance director celebrates his 60th birthday next year and is drawing up a marathon series of events to raise cash for the cancer centre's teenage and young adult unit before the landmark date.

The project - dubbed 60 Dos with Barry - will feature 30 groups and individuals raising funds with cake sales, concerts and quiz nights between 11 January and 11 March 2016.

Then Barry, a keen runner and a long-term member of Stockport Harriers, will spend the last two days of that period jogging between a further 30 insurance companies in Manchester to collect more money.

All the funds will then benefit 60 patients at the unit where Barry is both a patron and an ambassador. The tireless fundraiser is aiming to collect as much cash as possible before he celebrates his big day on 23 March.

The money will be mainly used to enhance play therapy facilities at the unit. Barry raised more than £224,000 in 2014 when he launched his Project 150 for The Christie, far exceeding his£150,000 target for the newly launched teenage and young adult cancer unit.

He and fellow supporters of The Christie charity raised £10 million towards the development of the Palatine Treatment Centre, of which the teenage and young adult unit is a part.

Barry aims to visit each of the 60 organisations and individuals who are planning events and is inviting runners to join him while he completes a gruelling 60-lap run at Stockport Harriers' Woodbank Park stadium in Offerton. That equates to 24km or 15 miles.

Said Barry: "I haven't set myself a fundraising target on this occasion because I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, but I wanted to do something special and out of the ordinary before I reached the big day.

"We have 30 events and parties already arranged and I am confident I'll be able to sign up all the organisations and individuals I need to complete the 60."

Barry, director of Thompson Insurance Consultants in Stockport, began fundraising after his wife Chris was treated at The Christie.

Chris was diagnosed with two forms of cancer within a year. The first was kidney: the kidney was removed and she was given radiotherapy.

She was later diagnosed with breast cancer and she underwent a lumpectomy followed by radiotherapy at The Christie.