Will Young to headline Christie Charity Ball

Press release posted 14 February 2017          

Will Young is to headline the 2017 Christie Charity Ball which is being hosted by BBC Match of the Day 2 and 5 live Sport host, Mark Chapman on Saturday March 18th

The singer will perform in the stunning newly refurbished ballroom at The Principal hotel in Manchester, to raise money for the charity. 

Young’s singing career took off when his first single became the fastest selling debut single in UK chart history in 2002. He has since had four UK number one albums and has accumulated multiple honours, including two BRIT Awards, an Ivor Novello Award and worldwide sales of over eight million albums.   

Emmerdale actress and new Key 103 presenter Gemma Atkinson will be joining Will and Mark along with her soap co-stars Laura Norton (who plays Kerry), Michelle Hardwick (Vanessa), Amy Walsh (Tracy) and Dominic Brunt (Paddy) who together form Emmerdale band Main Street, and will also be performing on the night. 

Mark Chapman said: “Everyone knows The Christie and the phenomenal work they do. I know personally how special The Christie is as they are currently treating a member of my family, and so I was delighted to be asked to host the ball. I’m excited to be able to help them raise much needed funds for new and improved treatments for cancer patients. I’m so impressed with everything they do that I’m also going to run the London marathon in April on their behalf.” 

Gemma Atkinson added: “I attended The Christie Charity Ball last year and really enjoyed it. I’m thrilled to be returning this year and performing with the band to help raise vital funds for such a worthwhile cause.” 

As well as a night of glamour, fine dining and top class entertainment, guests will also have the opportunity to take part in an auction to win amazing money-can't-buy experiences and exclusive prizes donated by supporters of the charity. 

Supported by investment management company, Brooks Macdonald, all proceeds from the night will go towards funding the cost of a £600,000 advanced interventional 3D radiology suite which will be the first of its kind in Europe and will improve treatment and survival rates for patients. 

Dr Jon Bell, consultant in interventional radiology explains: “Interventional radiology uses high tech 3D imaging and enhanced pinhole surgery to treat cancer. Over the last five years The Christie has seen the number of patients requiring interventional radiology more than double. Radiologists use X-rays rather than cameras to enable them to deliver treatments to specific target sites.” 

The new equipment has 3D imaging with advanced road-mapping software to ensure ever more accurate delivery of targeted chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Using the advanced 3D imaging for highly targeted surgery also means reduced radiation doses and quicker recovery rates for patients, leading to shorter stays in hospital for many of them. 

“This equipment is crucial to our patients here at The Christie,” adds Dr Bell. “The procedures we do are becoming more advanced and complex as technology improves, and this 3D technology means that patients will benefit from treatment they wouldn’t otherwise receive.” 

There are still a small number of tickets available for the ball by calling 0161 918 2418 or by emailing specialevents@christies.org

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 43,000 supporters who helped raise   £15.9m last year.  

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. It commended the Trust not only for its effectiveness and care, but highlighted its work in shaping the future of cancer care and noted the reach and influence of its clinical research projects.

The Christie Charity Ball 2017 is supported by: