Press release posted 2 November 2023

7 fundraising organisations and patients are included in this year’s Impact Report for The Christie Charity.

The report looks back over 2022/23 and highlights what impact The Christie Charity has made to cancer patients and their families.

The Impact Report celebrates some of amazing fundraising that has taken place, as well as just some of the generous donations to The Christie Charity. The report also focuses on the key achievements and the life-changing work that takes place at The Christie hospital and showcases how patients benefit from holistic care and the highest standards of treatment, as well as ground-breaking clinical trials.

One patient, 57-year-old Lee Young, a garage owner in Denton, was suitable to go on a clinical trial after being diagnosed with cancer of the unknown primary (CUP). Lee went on a phase II clinical trial called CUPISCO and his tumour shrunk by over half after 3 rounds of chemotherapy and the first round of immunotherapy at The Christie.

Although Lee was diagnosed with CUP in March 2022, he was well enough during his clinical trial to run the Manchester Half Marathon for The Christie Charity just several months later along with his daughter Aleisha.

June Toner from Gateshead is someone who has benefited from the generous donation to The Christie Charity from the charity Pseudomyxoma Survivor, whilst her daughter Michelle has been treated at The Christie for Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). Read more about June’s story on page 18 of our Impact Report.

Ruth Valerie Acton from Burnage was a patient at The Christie for over 20 years and was grateful for the extra time she had to spend with her family, particularly her daughter Helen and grandsons Liam and Jordan. Valerie started a monthly Direct Debit to The Christie Charity some years before she died and then donated an amount in her Will, as well as asking people for a collection for the charity at her funeral. Read more about Valerie’s story on page 26 on the Impact Report.

Another donation to The Christie Charity, from former Manchester University student Stewart McLaughlin, has meant that it will be able to fund a future project in relation to proton beam therapy research (PBT). PBT is a type of particle therapy that uses a beam of protons to irradiate diseased tissue, most often to treat cancer. The PBT research room at The Christie works alongside the clinical service conducting a range of different experiments to benefit cancer patients and minimise side effects. Read more about Stewart’s story by checking out page 24 of our Impact Report.

Staff at LIFT-Financial Group in Altrincham have been fantastic supporters of The Christie Charity in the past year, raising an incredible £21,500 as part of The Christie Challenge. This is where fundraisers complete 6 different fundraising activities over a year and earn a fabulous jigsaw medal featuring the rainbow Christie embrace. Read more about LIFT-Financial Group’s motivation on page 20 of the Impact Report document.

Another great fundraising company was The EG Group, which raised over £36,000 for The Christie Charity following a 4-month partnership. During this time, EG’s UK site network had over 1,500 donation points. Several events were held at EG’s head office in Blackburn, and colleagues across the business participated in fundraising activities, including a challenging hike up Mount Snowdon, which involved members of EG’s operations management team. Read more about EG’s challenge on page 16 of this year’s Impact Report.

A photo of The Christie Charity community fundraising group The Christie Bears Knutsford.
The Christie Charity community fundraising group The Christie Bears Knutsford

Finally, one of the newest fundraising groups, The Christie Bears Knutsford has raised over a whopping £11,000 in its first 12 months. It was set up by clinical psychologist Heather Mason - alongside Val Pallister and Claire Ratcliffe, who found some kindred spirits in Janet Illingworth, Kerri Reece and Jennie O'Brien. Heather wanted to get involved with some fundraising groups in memory of her mum, Sue Mason, who sadly passed away in 2016 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The Christie Bears Knutsford fundraise throughout the year by holding several events and have a presence at various community events and venues. Read more about The Christie Bears Knutsford on page 14 of the Impact Report.

To support the work of The Christie Charity, please donate online today or ring 0161 446 3988. 

You can now read the entire The Christie Charity Impact Report 2022/23.

Last updated: November 2023