Football stars were out in force for an evening with one of football’s most respected and decorated managers, Sir Alex Ferguson, all in aid of The Christie.
Football legends such as Clayton Blackmore and Tony Cotton mingled with guests at Hotel Football in Old Trafford.
The evening was hosted by Key 103 radio host Mike Toolan and supported by Brooks Macdonald Asset Management, a specialised investment manager providing discretionary management services for private clients, trusts, charities and pensions funds.
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Phil Williams hosted the charity auction.
The exclusive event allowed 200 lucky guests a rare insight into the man behind the managerial legend and a unique opportunity to find out more about his extraordinary career.
The Christie, one of the leading cancer centres in Europe, is raising funds for proton beam therapy research.
Proton beam therapy is a specialist form of radiotherapy that targets certain cancers very precisely, increasing success rates and reducing side effects.
It is particularly appropriate for desperately ill children with cancer who need the very latest and safest radiation treatment.
Research is key to improving patient outcomes and treatments and all funds from the evening went to ensuring The Christie remains at the cutting edge of cancer care.
Sir Alex Ferguson said;
I was honoured to be asked to support a Manchester institution like The Christie with such an important fundraising ask. Proton beam therapy will be life changing for people all over the country and research will only help The Christie give more people a fighting chance against cancer.
Roger Spencer, Chief Executive at The Christie, said;
Sir Alex Ferguson is a living legend and we were thrilled when he offered to host an event for us. The Christie is just one of two national centres that will be delivering high energy proton therapy to the rest of the UK. They money raised tonight will help us fund a research room within the new centre improving treatment and outcomes for patients.
Claire Bennison, Regional Director of Brooks Macdonald who kindly sponsored the event said;
We are proud to support The Christie and the important work they are doing. This excellent event has made a significant contribution towards The Christie’s fundraising, and Brooks Macdonald and our Manchester office hope to continue to support the charity and their excellent achievements.
On the night, VIP guests enjoyed a meet and greet with Sir Alex along with first-hand insight into his thoughts on the highlights of his career, dinner, free entry into a draw to ask Sir Alex a question, and an auction which included rare items such as a signed limited edition Harold Riley sketched record of United’s 1999 European Cup journey, signed Ryan Giggs boots, golfing at Gleneagles and VIP tickets to see Adele.