Over 1500 fundraisers get running for The Christie

Press release posted 11 May 2015

Over 1,500 Christie runners took part in the Morrison's Great Manchester Run on Sunday 10th May to raise an estimated £300,000 for cancer patients.

These funds will be used to help cancer patients across the North West receive the best possible care and treatment, and allow us to continue to make cancer research breakthroughs and invest in the best technology and equipment available.

The Christie had amazing celebrity support with BBC Breakfast TV presenter Bill Turnbull, Real Housewives of Cheshire stars Lauren Smith and Leanne Brown, Shameless actor Ciaran Griffiths, former Heartbeat actress Tricia Penrose and actor Gary Damer all running for the charity.

Big businesses were also keen to get involved with Country Attire, Premier Textiles Ltd, JD Williams and the PA Network all putting teams forward for The Christie.

Our team over in Charity Village in Manchester Central made sure every member of Team Christie were looked after before and after the race. We performed over 90 massages, gave out over 500 cups of tea and coffee, provided over 3000 sets of shoe laces running for Team Christie and had over 60 written messages of support to our runners on our tribute wall throughout the day.

Cherry Steele, sporting events officer at The Christie charity said: "It was an amazing day! Thank you to our incredibly generous Team Christie runners for taking part in this challenge and raising fantastic funds for our cause. I'd also like to thank all the many suppliers who provided refreshments and supplies free of charge for our runners."

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who raised a record breaking £14.8m last year.