Star-studded line up at The Christie charity’s stylish lunch

Press release posted 30 November 2015

The star-studded Christie charity lunch treated guests to an afternoon of luxury and fashion while raising vital funds for the specialist cancer centre.

Hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter, Naga Munchetty, at the luxurious Manchester House restaurant, the event included a special guest appearance from 'Real Housewife of Cheshire' Leanne Brown who modelled in a fashion show featuring creations from top designer Zeynep Kartal.

Guests also enjoyed a special gin and vodka tasting experience and diamond exhibition from gemstone trader and bespoke jeweller, Kate McLauchlan, and music from Manchester singers Russell Shaun and Lucy Hope.

Also in attendance was Tanya Bardsley of 'Real Housewives of Cheshire' fame as well as representatives from leading North West businesses including Bruntwood, Barclays, AlixPartners and Brooks McDonald.

All proceeds from the event will go towards a research room in The Christie's new Proton Beam Therapy Centre which is due to open in 2018.

A question and answer session with Professor Karen Kirkby, Chair in Proton Therapy Physics explained how The Christie will be one of the first cancer centres in the UK to offer high energy proton beam therapy ensuring that desperately ill patients receive the very latest and safest form of radiation therapy.

The funds raised will help The Christie find the answers to make research breakthroughs which could make proton beam treatment the most effective for cancer yet

Louise Stimson, head of fundraising at The Christie charity, said: "Thank you to all the generous guests who came along to our fundraising lunch. The funds raised will go towards a research room in our new proton beam therapy centre. This room will help us find the very latest breakthroughs in care and treatment, making a huge difference to the lives of cancer patients."

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 helped raise £13.3m last year.