Mike Morris, originally from Lytham St Annes,  has lived in Hadfield in the High Peak of Derbyshire since 1988, with the exception of a few years working in North America with his family in the early 1990s.

Earlier in 2023, Mike was surprised when he received a diagnosis of upper gastrointestinal cancer – a malignant adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus. He was referred to The Christie for cancer treatment in August, and still has a few months of treatment to go. Mike says the staff at The Christie have all been fantastic – everyone from his consultant to the nurses and pharmacists and support staff who have supported his treatment.

While at The Christie for treatment, Mike saw a flyer for The Christie Festive Dash. The Christmas-themed event is a 5k walk, jog or run around Heaton Park in Prestwich, north Manchester on Sunday 26 November 2023. To show his support for the treatment he’s had at The Christie, Mike signed up the whole of the Morris family.

Mike is waiting for a date for his adenocarcinoma surgery but hopes he’ll still be able to take part in The Christie Festive Dash. His wife, his sons and their partners and his 2 grandchildren – aged 3 and 1 – are definitely set to take part in the day.

As well as wanting to thank The Christie for his treatment, Mike is also taking part in the Festive Dash on behalf of several friends and colleagues who have been treated at the hospital.

The Christie Charity is also the focus charity for Waters in Wilmslow, where Mike works. Mike says that Waters has 2 coins on the coin wall at The Christie for contributing at least £4,000. He’s hoping that his and the rest of the Morris family’s fundraising efforts will meet that level as well.

“For myself, the reason for doing the Festive Dash is to help raise money to support the fabulous work that The Christie does. I have a number of friends and colleagues who owe a great deal to the teams at The Christie, as well as a number who have, unfortunately, passed on.

Fortunately, I am fit enough to participate in the Festive Dash. The Morris family want to show a consolidated team effort to support The Christie, as well as having the opportunity to bring the family together, have some fun, and make some lasting, positive memories for the grandchildren (where else will they see hundreds of Santas all at once?).

Mike Morris, Christie fundraiser

We'd like to say a big thanks to Mike, the Morris family and everyone else from Team Christie taking part in The Christie Festive Dash on Sunday 26 November 2023. The work of dedicated fundraisers like this will help The Christie Charity keep supporting cancer patients and their families, over and above what the NHS funds.

Help Santa warm up in time for Christmas with Team Christie at The Christie Festive Dash 2023. A 5k walk, jog or run around Manchester’s Heaton Park, it’s for the smallest Christmas helpers or senior Santas – sign up for The Christie Festive Dash today.