Pop superstar Olly Murs and two of the biggest sporting names from football and rugby have signed up to support Manchester’s world famous Christie hospital with its fundraising.

Welsh footballing legend and BBC radio commentator, Robbie Savage, is hosting an online quiz for The Christie charity with former England scrum half and ‘A Question of Sport’ team captain, Matt Dawson and singer-songwriter and presenter Olly Murs supporting it with special video messages.

Hosted by Robbie at 7:30pm on Thursday 27 August 2020, ‘The Big Quiz for Cancer’ costs just £5 to enter with all proceeds from the event going to The Christie charity.

The online quiz will help The Christie charity raise money to continue to support world-class cancer care for patients following a fall in fundraising activity since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The charity provides a vital source of income that helps to deliver a broad range of projects, from life changing research and the latest high tech equipment, to support services that help make cancer treatments more effective and a little easier for cancer patients.

Throughout the quiz, patients will be popping up online to explain why The Christie is so important and how donations have made a difference to them.

Quiz lovers and Christie supporters can enter as individuals or as a household team to test their knowledge over 5 fun-filled themed rounds.

Louise Stimson from The Christie charity said: “We are thrilled that Robbie and Matt are hosting and supporting our quiz. It’s going to be a fantastic evening of fun and entertainment to raise essential funds. By taking part in ‘The Big Quiz for Cancer’ participants will be able to help cancer patients today, tomorrow and beyond.”

“We want our supporters to have a fantastic experience with this quiz but we also want them to be safe and to avoid spreading coronavirus, so we ask all teams to follow the Government’s guidelines on social distancing at all times.”

For further information and to sign up, please visit The Big Quiz for Cancer webpage. Once registered, quiz teams will be sent further details on how to join in virtually via Zoom.

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.