The Christie will be returning to Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday 13 December 2022 (7 pm to 9.15 pm) for a night of festive music and fundraising.
Jon Courtenay, Britain’s Got Talent winner 2020 and a Christie patient, will be performing and there’ll be more music and carols from Manchester singer, Jo Farrow, as well as the children from Beaver Road Primary School in Didsbury. The evening will be compered by Wes Butters from Hits Radio. All funds raised will go to The Christie charity.
Jon, who has put together a unique Christmas performance for the event, said: “I’ve recently been treated for skin cancer at The Christie, so know first-hand just how valuable the work they do is. This is my way of saying thank you and giving back. I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a fantastic evening.”
During the concert, guests will hear from John McCormick, a non-Hodgkin lymphoma patient from the Wirral who has been on a clinical trial at The Christie for nearly two years. He moved on to experimental treatment after conventional chemotherapy treatments failed to keep his cancer at bay. He is now cancer free.
John said: “When I initially got referred to The Christie, my outlook wasn’t great, but they gave me hope straight away. I’m able to see my grandchildren grow up and my wife and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary next year. None of that would be possible without the team at The Christie.”
Louise Stimson, head of fundraising at The Christie charity, said: “John and the rest of our patients and their families are why we come to work every day. The Christie charity provides services over and beyond what the NHS would routinely fund, so by buying your ticket you’ll be helping us support more patients like John. The evening promises to be a magical experience for all the family.”
Festive food and drinks will also be available, and a raffle will be held on the night with a selection of fabulous prizes on offer.
Tickets are £12 per adult and £8 per concession or child. To book tickets, call The Christie charity on 0161 446 3988 or visit The Christie charity's Christmas page.
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to patients and their families.
Any patients interested in taking part in clinical trials should discuss this option with their consultant or GP. Not all patients will fit the criteria for a specific trial. While clinical trials can be successful for some patients, outcomes can vary from case to case.