Press release posted 11 December 2023

The dedicated team at custom branding company Clothes2order has chosen to champion The Christie Charity as a way of thanking the hospital that treated their colleague.

The company, based in Trafford Park, Manchester has already demonstrated its commitment to supporting cancer research and treatment by raising an impressive £2.2k for the charity, marking a significant milestone in its ongoing fundraising efforts.

35-year-old Danielle Smith, HR Officer at Clothes2Order and a mother to two young girls, Gracie (2) and Alysia (9), has a deeply personal connection to The Christie. Having undergone treatment for stage 3 malignant melanoma in her left leg, Danielle continued her journey by participating in a medical trial at The Christie hospital.

“At Clothes2order, we held an employee vote to decide our Charity of the Year, and The Christie emerged as the top choice. I am currently undergoing treatment at The Christie, and there are other employees having personal experiences, making the cause close to many hearts in the company."

The team at Clothes2order decided that it would take on The Christie Challenge as part of its fundraising campaign. This involves completing 6 different fundraising activities over the course of a year, with participants earning a coveted jigsaw medal piece featuring the iconic rainbow Christie embrace. Clothes2order has successfully earned 5 out of the 6 medal pieces, with just one more to complete the challenge.

Danielle, from Nantwich, and her colleagues have taken part in various fundraising activities, including The Christie Charity's Walk of Hope in Tatton Park and the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride. Additionally, they organised their own events including birthday cake sales, hamper raffles for the King's coronation and for Christmas, and a summer party charity sale where they made their own bags which families could fill with goodies, with all the money from sales going to The Christie Charity.

"Fundraising for The Christie Charity has been my main focus through treatment and the medical trial,” Danielle emphasised. “I have recently moved to 6-monthly check-ups, and I am doing well, but I couldn't have recovered as well as I have without the amazing staff at The Christie.”

Danielle has also been actively involved in volunteering at fundraising events and even took on personal challenges including a zip wire across MediaCityUK, a skydive, and a daily 5K step challenge during lockdown.

But, in terms of Clothes2order’s collective efforts to win the last of the 6 medals in The Christie Challenge, Danielle says, “We hope to add more to the £2.2K raised so far and we are going to let the staff decide at the beginning of next year what the final challenge will be... it could be The Christie Fire Walk, the Night of Neon or maybe even one of our own events - watch this space!” 

Amanda Eccles, The Christie Charity corporate fundraising manager said, “We’re incredibly grateful for the impressive team effort from Clothes2order, having already raised £2.2K as part of The Christie Challenge. Corporate fundraising not only benefits The Christie, but we hear from so many businesses at how it also helps boost teamwork and morale in the workplace.”

To support the work of The Christie Charity, please go to Donate today or ring 0161 446 3988.

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.

Last updated: December 2023