Charity bike ride hits £75,000 for The Christie at Macclesfield appeal

Press release posted 15 October 2019

Cyclists have helped raise more than £75,000 for The Christie charity which will go towards the appeal for the new Christie at Macclesfield centre in Cheshire.

More than 500 riders took part in the event which saw participants given the choice of either a 100 kilometre or 100 mile bike ride through the beautiful Cheshire countryside last month.

The proceeds have gone to The Christie charity’s £23 million fundraising appeal for the new centre in the grounds of Macclesfield District General Hospital.

The Christie at Macclesfield, which received planning approval earlier this month, will transform cancer care in East Cheshire, providing care closer to home for more than 1,500 patients a year. Existing Christie patients from Cheshire, North Staffordshire and the High Peak area of Derbyshire will all benefit.

The new centre will also bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built unit delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and clinical trials.

One rider who took part in the event was Wendy Bibby from Congleton, who cycled for the second year running despite having life-saving surgery at The Christie just last year.

Wendy, 58, had been diagnosed with a large tumour and had surgery in December 2018. Thankfully, she was given the all-clear in February after tests revealed the tumour was benign, but she was keen to get back in the saddle once again for The Christie charity.

Wendy, who has two children and two grandchildren, said: “It was much easier this item round as I knew what to expect and we planned it well. It was still very tough but we had a fantastic day thanks to the support and it felt good to help raise money for a great cause.

“I vowed to do the ride again before my operation and signed up again in January. The Christie really looked after me and I was delighted to be able to do the ride with some people who are very close to me.”

Wendy, who lives with husband, Kevin, organises the rides for Congleton Ladies Social Cycling Group following her experiences of the Manchester 100 event.

Speaking about why she is supporting The Christie at Macclesfield appeal Wendy said: “It will be fantastic to have Christie care in the heart of Cheshire. It will mean people will get the best care here and not have to go to Manchester. 

“I felt in very safe hands at The Christie and I hope everybody in Cheshire will be able to get the same support I received at the new centre.”

If you would like to support The Christie at Macclesfield appeal please visit www.christies.org/macclesfield  or call 0161 446 3988.