Broude family raises the bar

Press release posted on 13 May 2016

Long term Christie charity fundraisers, the Broude family, have raised their incredible fundraising target from £400,000 to £450,000.

The Broude family has tirelessly fundraised on behalf of their son and brother Robert who died in 2004. Robert, a former Manchester Grammar School pupil, was treated as a teenager at The Christie in Manchester for a rare form of cancer and sadly died aged just 19.

The Broude family, from Prestwich, has already raised an incredible £400,000, to fund a day unit for teenage and young adult patients at The Christie, which was named ‘Rob’s Day Unit’ as a tribute. In order to maintain this legacy, the family are always looking for new and exciting ways to fundraise.

In the past the family has fundraised through a ladies lunch, participating in sporting activities, a naked calendar and fundraising evenings. Robert’s former school, Manchester Grammar, has also supported The Christie with numerous fundraising activities.

Robert’s father, Peter Broude, 60, will be running the Great Manchester Run for the twelfth year running. And he will be making sure he is noticed this year by running dressed as comic book character ‘The Hulk’, complete with green body paint and a ripped shirt.

Peter said:

We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from friends and family, and even complete strangers to help us fundraise in Rob’s memory. I know Rob would be immensely proud of the incredible amount of money we have already donated to The Christie and he would be proud of us for raising the bar even higher.

Rebecca Jones, community fundraising manager at The Christie charity, said: “We’re so grateful to the Broude family for continuing to support The Christie charity. They have already raised an incredible amount of money that has gone a long way to support young cancer patients at The Christie. The money they continue to raise will allow us to offer our young patients the very latest care and treatment in the best possible surroundings.”

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 £15.8m last year. 

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