Press release posted 13 July 2022


The Mayor of Congleton has donated £2,500 to The Christie charity to support The Christie at Macclesfield, the £26m cancer centre that opened in Macclesfield in December 2021. 

Councillor Denis Murphy, who was the Mayor of Congleton Town Council from 2021 to 22, undertook a wide range of fundraising activities during his term in office to raise money for The Christie. 

Catherine Fenson, operational management lead at The Christie at Macclesfield said: “We are incredibly grateful to Councillor Murphy and all those who supported the Mayoral appeal during his time in office over the previous 12 months. Most of the funding to build The Christie at Macclesfield came through charitable donations and the services we offer above and beyond what the NHS can afford are also funded through the charity.” 

Lindsey Farthing from The Christie charity added: “A huge thank you to Councillor Murphy for choosing The Christie at Macclesfield as one of his main charities as Mayor of Congleton. Donations such as this mean we can support patients from Cheshire as they go through cancer treatment.” 

Councillor Denis Murphy said: “Having known friends who have needed the services of The Christie in Withington, they have always spoken so highly of the care and treatment they have received, but that the travelling was quite a chore from this area. I know what a tremendous benefit it will be having the Christie at Macclesfield so local, to so many people.” 

Photo (left to right): Councillor Denis Murphy (Mayor of Congleton 2021 to 22) presents a cheque to Lindsey Farthing from The Christie charity for The Christie at Macclesfield

The £26 million cancer centre opened on 13 December 2021 for chemotherapy treatments and outpatient appointments. Radiotherapy treatments commenced in January 2022. The centre will provide 46,000 patient appointments and visits each year and deliver care closer to home for more than 1,500 patients a year.

In addition to 12,500 radiotherapy appointments and 6,800 chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormonal treatments, The Christie at Macclesfield provides a range of holistic services including haematology treatments, outpatient care, nurse led clinics, counselling services, an information centre, palliative care and a more comprehensive range of clinical trials.  

The centre also has a CT scanner where treatments are planned, complementary therapy rooms and a charity centre.

Funded through £23m from The Christie charity, this new centre is transforming cancer care, treating patients from Cheshire, The High Peak area of Derbyshire and parts of North Staffordshire for the most common cancers like breast, bowel, lung and prostate. Patients with rare and complex cancers will continue to be treated at The Christie in Withington.

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education and extra patient services. 

Following the completion of the new cancer centre, there is still more to be done to support cancer patients as they go through their treatment. The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. At Macclesfield, this will include complementary therapy, refreshments for patients, and other supportive services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that we can provide. To support patients at The Christie at Macclesfield, visit The Christie at Macclesfield campaign page or call the team on 0161 446 3988.