Christmas concert to boost The Christie at Macclesfield appeal

Press release posted 29 October 2019

BBC broadcaster Mark Radcliffe and students from Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield are coming together to help raise money for a new cancer centre in Macclesfield.

The Christie Christmas Concert in Macclesfield town centre on Tuesday 17th December will feature a festive night of Christmas music and readings hosted by Mark with performances from Macclesfield youth brass band, students from Fallibroome Academy and professional singer and Christie charity supporter Katherine Farrow.

Bolton born radio broadcaster, musician and writer Mark, who now lives in Knutsford, was recently treated at The Christie after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue in September 2018 which had spread to some of the lymph nodes in his neck. In Spring 2019 he was told his cancer was in remission. Mark said: “We’re very lucky to have an international centre of excellence such as The Christie in the North West. I myself have received exceptional care and treatment from the team there over the last year and am hugely relieved to now be in remission.

“I’m supporting the fundraising appeal to build The Christie at Macclesfield because I know that it will make a huge difference to patients to be able to have more of their cancer care and treatment closer to home.”

Tickets for the concert, in the stunning surroundings of Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Macclesfield, are now on sale with all proceeds going towards the £23m to be raised by The Christie charity towards ‘The Christie at Macclesfield’ appeal.

Mr Francis Power, Headteacher of Fallibroome Academy, said: “We are thrilled to have been invited to take part in The Christie Christmas concert this year. Our students are practising hard to be pitch perfect on the night and we hope that parents, families and the wider community will all come together to support this vitally important cause.”

Claire Ferguson, senior community fundraising manager at The Christie charity, added: “We are very excited to be organising our first Christmas concert in Macclesfield and very grateful for the support from Mark, the students and staff at Fallibroome Academy and all of our performers. It’s going to be a very heart warming, inspiring and uplifting event, a magical evening for all the family and the perfect way to get into the festive spirit.”

“Money raised from the concert will go towards The Christie at Macclesfield appeal. We need to raise £23m toward this ambitious project to bring Christie quality care closer to home for 1,500 patients every year.”

The Christie Christmas Concert takes place at Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Macclesfield on Tuesday 17th December from 7pm - 9.15pm. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £8 for children/concessions. Visit www.christies.org/christmas or call the Christie charity on 0161 446 3988 to book your tickets.

To find out more about The Christie at Macclesfield appeal and the ways you can support it please contact The Christie charity on 0161 446 3988 or visit www.christies.org/macclesfield