Mark Davies and his family are generous supporters of The Christie charity.
With a strong personal connection which stems back to his mother Renee’s volunteering here in the 1960s, the Davies family has funded a number of projects through The Philip J Davies Family Charitable Trust.
This has included a significant contribution to the proton beam therapy research room, support to our patient amenities fund and the funding of the refurbishment of the conservatory in the hospital gardens in 2015.
Mark himself began fundraising in 2006, completing the Great Manchester Run in memory of Renee after she sadly passed away. He is an advocate for a holistic approach to both the physical and mental health of patients here at The Christie.
Over the last year, Mark and his family have funded the post of a specialist psycho-oncology nurse. The aim of the post is to work on a pilot scheme developing a focused service aimed at identifying the psychological needs of patients.
The pilot scheme will help to determine if patients would benefit from a specific care package based on their psychological needs. It is also looking at the resources needed to introduce these care packages into outpatient clinics.
Dr Tania Hawthorne, consultant in psycho-oncology said: “This is an important pilot post and scheme which will allow us to forge links with clinical staff throughout the hospital, to ensure that vulnerable patients with psychological needs are supported.”
Mark added: “I hope that as a result of this research a more collaborative care approach will be applied throughout The Christie.”
It is truly thanks to the passion and support of individuals such as Mark and his family that The Christie is able to fund these innovative projects, enabling us to offer the best care, treatment and outcomes for patients.