Marks and Spencer choose The Christie as charity of the year

Press release posted 23 August 2019

Employees at Marks and Spencer in Macclesfield have voted for The Christie to be their charity of the year for 2019-20. The money they raise will go towards the appeal for The Christie at Macclesfield.

The proposed new cancer centre, delivering Christie care closer to home for people in Macclesfield and the surrounding area, was a popular choice for customers and staff of the well know high street store.

As part of Marks and Spencer’s commitment to its local communities, each store team is asked to select one local charity each year to support, through local fundraising activities.

Store ops section coordinator at Marks and Spencer in Macclesfield, Brendan Wilkinson, said: “Our staff felt that The Christie at Macclesfield project was one that would have a big impact on our customers, staff, their families, friends and the wider community.

“We have chosen to support The Christie at Macclesfield next year as it is a cause very close to everyone’s heart. Some of us have experienced the pain that cancer brings, not just to the individual, but also to their family and friends. We are looking forward to raising as much money as we can with the support of staff and customers throughout next year.”

Steph Bryant, corporate fundraising coordinator at The Christie added: “We are thrilled that Brendan and his team have chosen us as their charity of the year. This is the first time they have supported our vital life changing and potentially lifesaving work at The Christie.

“The store team in Macclesfield has already had some fantastic fundraising ideas including a quiz night, a 5-a-side football tournament, skydive and taking part in the Manchester 100 in-store using a static bike and a relay team of staff throughout the day. We are really looking forward to working with them to make a huge success of this opportunity.”

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   

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 our patients and their families. The charity has more than 53,000 supporters who helped raise £13.9m last year. 

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