Alex Donnelly, Christie fundraiser

Alex Donnelly has been a supporter of The Christie since his wife Rachael was treated at the hospital for ovarian cancer.

Rachael was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was very young and one of her first worries was that she wouldn’t be able to have children. Thankfully, her cancer was at a very early stage and she froze her eggs in the hope that she would be able to have a baby one day.

After her treatment at The Christie, Rachael and Alex were overjoyed when she fell pregnant naturally and went on to give birth to their daughter Lucy.

To show his support for The Christie charity, Alex is taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride for The Christie charity. A popular annual cycle ride, the Manchester to Blackpool event usually takes place in summer. For this year, it’s moved to Sunday 13 September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One reason Alex is taking on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride is to get back to cycling. Since having his daughter Lucy 4 years ago, Alex’s bike has been sat in the garage. The Manchester to Blackpool event is a good challenge for Alex to get back in the saddle.

But the main reason Alex is doing the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride is to show his support for The Christie. Alex believes that without The Christie, he wouldn’t have his wife and daughter.

“I felt it would give me the chance to give something back to The Christie who have been amazing. Always professional, always realistic and always supportive. Without The Christie I am sure that Rachael wouldn’t be here today.”

- Alex Donnelly, Christie fundraiser

Do you want to be part of #TeamChristie this September? Sign up for the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride today.