The Christie annual charity ball is a spectacular success

Press release posted 06 March 2016

The Christie charity hosted its spectacular and star-studded annual ball on Saturday 5th March at the stunning Manchester Cathedral.

The proceeds from the evening will go towards an exciting new project based at the largest single site cancer centre in Europe – molecular diagnostics.

Molecular diagnostics will revolutionise cancer diagnosis and treatment for the thousands of patients that are treated at The Christie. It will help scientists, doctors and researchers better understand different tumour types and the most effective way to treat them, leading to personalised treatment that will improve outcomes for patients.

The evening began with a sparkling reception, followed by a delicious four course meal prepared by Masterchef 2015 winner, Simon Wood. Guests were wowed with entertainment from multi-platinum selling artist and BRIT and MOBO award winning singer Gabrielle, and top boy band 5ive who have had 11 top 10 singles and 20 million record sales worldwide.

The evening was hosted by TV stars; comedians and Phoenix Nights cast mates Sally Lindsay and Dave Spikey, both long-time supporters of The Christie charity.

Dave and Sally said;

We were thrilled to be asked to host such an important event. We had an amazing time on the night and we hope all the guests did too! The Christie is a wonderful hospital and we were delighted to be able to help them raise much needed funds.

The star-studded event was also attended by TV, soap and sporting stars including; Emmerdale actress, Gemma Atkinson; This Morning’s Dr Chris Steele; former Heartbeat actress, Tricia Penrose, former Manchester City footballer, Dennis Tueart, plus a whole host of stars from British soap Hollyoaks including; Kirsty-Leigh Porter, Kassius Nelson, Nicole Barber Lane, Juan Pablo Yepez, Ross Adams and Rachel Leskovac. 

Guests could also take part in an auction to win money-can't-buy experiences and prizes and in total, this year raised over £100,000. These vital funds will ensure that The Christie remains at the forefront of delivering the best research, care and treatment to the 44,000 cancer patients that visit The Christie each year.

Chief Executive at The Christie, Roger Spencer, said:

The Christie annual charity ball gets bigger and better with every year. This year our generous guests have raised a magnificent amount which will go towards molecular diagnostics ensuring our patients benefit from the very latest research, treatment and care.

The evening was supported by The Christie Clinic, a private patient partnership between HCA Healthcare UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Lesley Taylor, Chief Executive of HCA Healthcare UK North, said: 

We are delighted to sponsor this year’s charity ball. At The Christie Clinic, we have been working in partnership with The Christie for six years, and wanted to continue our support through sponsorship of the event which has raised valuable funds to help improve the lives of cancer patients. 

The Christie charity has over 40,000 supporters and raised an enormous £13.7m last year to fund projects for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust that would not be affordable under the NHS.