Andy Pitt, Christie supporter

Andy is an advanced practice radiographer at The Christie. He’s worked at The Christie for 28 years and during that time, he’s been a big supporter of how it helps its patients.

One way that Andy supports The Christie charity is by 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. But this year, it’s been moved to Sunday 13 September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andy’s done the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride 25 times now but he says he definitely doesn’t consider himself a regular cyclist. Although he cycled a lot when he was younger, the only cycling he really does now is the Manchester to Blackpool event every year.

The cycle ride gives Andy a chance to catch up with an old school mate as they ride it together. As neither of them are keen cyclists, it takes them about 6 hours, including a few tea and sandwich breaks.

Andy says the great thing about Manchester to Blackpool is that it’s for everyone – from first-time event riders, novelty cyclists in fancy dress to the serious experienced riders. But it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done a long distance ride before – the main thing is everyone is enjoying themselves.

He also says people should still consider signing up to Manchester to Blackpool even if they’ve only got a really old bike. Andy’s had his mountain bike for 27 years and has replaced so many parts of it that his friends have jokingly nicknamed it “Triggers Broom”.

Andy says what he likes best about the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride is the good sense of achievement he gets after the event. He also says it’s good to raise some money for a great cause.

“I have always been very proud to work at The Christie because of the excellent achievements it makes and the wonderful care it delivers to the patients. I also really appreciate my wonderful colleagues and all the staff who work here.
“So obviously as I feel very much a part of the place I want to support it in any way I can, which is why I always choose to cycle for The Christie”.

- Andy Pitt, Christie supporter

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