Nantwich Group, Christie fundraisers
We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of our official fundraising groups who go above and beyond in their activities. We caught up with Sarah Darlington (Chair) and Neil Tinsley (Treasurer) from the Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group, to ask why they are so passionate about saying #WeDidItForTheChristie.
Established in 1993, the Group have now been going strong for coming up to 30 years in 2023.
Over the years, this incredible group have raised over £490,000 by organising a multitude of successful events from fashion shows, film nights and cookery demonstrations to quiz nights, treasure hunts and ceilidhs. With a strong and loyal network of local supporters, the group continue to go from strength to strength and put their success down to friendship and flexibility.
The Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group have supported many projects at The Christie including the Paterson Institute, the Oglesby Building at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, the proton beam research room and The Christie at Macclesfield.
In the New Year Honours List of 2021, we were delighted to see that Sarah Darlington was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to charity, which she received from the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and accepted on behalf of the entire support group she represents.
“We originally chose The Christie because of my family links to the hospital, my father Tom had been a patient there since 1973.
“All members bring different things to the table, be that ideas, organisational skills or simply lots of friends, family and contacts. We have found that if everyone mucks in the jobs get done quicker, leaving more time to enjoy yourselves which is what we are about … putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising!
“It’s always been our desire to fund projects that are on the ‘front line’ and will save patient lives.”
“Over the years, I have seen the hospital grow into the leading cancer centre it is now. I have had the privilege to get to know some of the team that lead The Christie and see first-hand how much goes into the outstanding rating it so much deserves. Only a couple of years ago, I saw again how amazing the treatment is when a close friend battled breast cancer (and fully recovered). It made me want to continue even more.
“Don’t worry about how much you might raise, every single penny can make a difference and you will be astonished at the amount of support out there for the hospital - people are genuinely happy to help. There is nowhere like the Christie and we are hugely fortunate to have access to it, and for that reason, if for no other, it deserves our 100% support.”
- Sarah Darlington, chair of Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group
On behalf of everyone here at The Christie, we want to thank the Nantwich Christie Hospital Support Group and all those who come together to collectively fundraise and raise awareness saying #WeDidItForTheChristie.
To get in touch with the Group, please phone Sarah on 0771 434 4810.