Press release posted 6 June 2024

Dedicated security supervisor at The Christie hospital, Rupert Ajelo is taking on the iconic Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on Sunday 14 July 2024, for the fifth time, to support The Christie Charity.

Over 4,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities take part in the event each year, which is renowned for its fantastic carnival atmosphere. Starting at the Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays, the 60-mile route takes in the scenic country lanes of Lancashire and finishes beneath the iconic Glitterball on Blackpool’s South Promenade.

54-year-old Rupert from Westhoughton in Bolton is expecting to raise even more money this year for the hospital where he works, as he explains:

“When I first heard of the charity cycle to Blackpool, I was thrilled because it allowed me to combine my love of cycling with doing something positive and giving back to The Christie hospital. It is a special place to work, and I am proud to raise money on behalf of the Charity. I have a lot of support from my friends and family.

“I enjoy keeping fit as it has many benefits for my role as a security officer at The Christie. On my day off, I love taking in the scenery around where I live in Westhoughton.”

A photo of Christie supporter and staff member Rupert Ajelo taking on The Christie Charity's Manchester to Blackpool bike ride alongside another cyclist.
Rupert Ajelo taking on The Christie Charity's Manchester to Blackpool bike ride alongside another cyclist

Mass participation events officer at The Christie Charity, Josh Hughff, said: “The Christie Manchester to Blackpool bike ride is one of the biggest fundraising cycle events in the UK. Rupert is a truly dedicated fundraiser, and I hope he inspires his colleagues at The Christie hospital to join in with the fundraising.”

To support the work of The Christie Charity, please go to Donate today or ring 0161 446 3988.

The Christie Charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS is able to fund. 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.

Last updated: June 2024