A doctor is taking on an epic bike ride challenge to raise money for the specialist cancer treatment centre where he works – in memory of his brother who was also treated there.
Dr Hamid Sheikh, a consultant clinical oncologist who lives in Sale, will be among hundreds of cyclists taking on the Manchester 100 Bike Ride on Sunday September 5 to raise money for The Christie charity.
Dr Sheikh, knows both personally and professionally how important The Christie is to patients and their families. He said: “The Christie has touched many of our lives on a personal level, including my own, so I decided to complete the Manchester 100 bike ride to support our charity.
“The ride is dedicated in memory of my dear brother Sohail, my childhood best friend and the cleverest person I ever knew. In his short life of 22 years, he achieved so much and fought acute lymphoblastic leukaemia during six of those with tremendous courage and great dignity.
“Even though he missed a huge part of his A level year at school while receiving chemotherapy at The Christie, he won a place at Oxford university to read medicine. He studied there at St John’s College until his illness relapsed before he could graduate and sadly he could not fulfil his dream to become a doctor and care for others. I am sure he would be very proud of the fact that I now work at the same hospital where he was treated, helping patients like him.”
During the Manchester 100, cyclists can choose to ride 100 kilometres or 100 miles through the leafy countryside of Cheshire and raise funds for The Christie’s new centre currently being built in Macclesfield, which will transform cancer care for thousands of patients every year by providing treatment closer to home than currently available.
You can find out more about the Manchester 100 bike ride on September 5 and see how you can take part.
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.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.