Beauty queens see their fundraising efforts at The Christie

Press release posted 27 April 2015

A group of beauty queen winners have visited the new Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) after fundraising for The Christie.

Over the two years The Christie has been in partnership with United Kingdom Galaxy Pageants, the women and girls have raised nearly £50,000 with this year's fundraising total of £30,000 going directly to the MCRC fund. The MCRC is a £28.5 million laboratory research facility, developed on The Christie site, in partnership with The Christie, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK.

The new building will expand our research facilities by providing space for university cancer researchers as well as clinical trials support staff. The building has already attracted world-leading experts from across the globe and will be crucial in helping The Christie become a world-leading comprehensive cancer centre.

The pageant winners went to great efforts to fundraise, a mother and daughter who were crowned Mrs and Miss Teen Cotswolds Galaxy raised £5,815 between them. Kasha, 53, and Misha Grimes, 16, organised events such as Christmas parties, garden parties, auctioned babysitting and hosted jumble sales. Kasha even overcame her fear of blood by doing a sponsored blood drive.

Tia Woodall who is just 11 years old and was crowned Junior Miss Blackpool Galaxy raised an amazing £2,000. She took part in The Christie's Firewalk with a Twist at the Trafford Centre, where fundraisers were asked to take the long, painful walk over pieces of Lego to raise money for The Christie.

Shannon McCluskey, 17, from Glasgow raised £1,566, by organising her own charity nights and fashion shows. Shannon went on to place 1st Runner Up in the Miss Teen Galaxy Scotland competition.

Lilly Rogan, 18, was crowned Miss Wirral Peninsula Galaxy and raised an incredible £1,900 She fundraised through fantastic efforts such as a cinema day which she hosted at a local cinema and where she raffled prizes from local supermarkets and shops.

Kerry Sexton, 20, was crowned Miss West Sussex Galaxy. Kerry raised £1,255 via a variety of activities including a static bike ride over five days of 270 miles, around 54 miles a day. She also took part in a sponsored sky dive, and held cake sales.

Kirsty Adamoli, fundraising assistant at The Christie charity said: "We are delighted by the generosity and ingenuity of the Galaxy Pageant team members and their amazing fundraising. We're so glad we got the chance to invite them to the MCRC so they can see where the money they worked so hard to raise will go, and we get a chance to say a huge thank you for all their efforts."

Director of United Kingdom Galaxy, Holly Ikin, said: "We're thrilled to be partnered with such a worthwhile charity as The Christie. The work it does reaches far and wide, helping cancer patients across the world. This is why we have selected The Christie as our charity of choice for our Miss International and Miss Intercontinental UK pageant as well."

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are in line with the Trust's overall plans and strategy. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who raised a record breaking £14.8m last year.