3 Hardman Square have supported The Christie Charity since 2022. A modern office space in Spinningfields in Manchester city centre, 3 Hardman Square were inspired to raise money for The Christie Charity after their receptionist Demi Brencher was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

Demi worked for 9 years at 3 Hardman Square. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in September 2021. Demi was referred to The Christie and had surgery and chemotherapy. And in August 2022, she was told her cancer had gone into remission.

Just 6 weeks later, Demi found out that the cancer had returned, and had spread. Sadly, Demi died in November 2022.

Demi now has a leaf in her name on the Tree of Hope at The Christie. Her friends, family and colleagues had a small ceremony in the garden at The Christie during summer 2023, and some of the nursing staff who Demi met during her stay at The Christie also came to pay their respects.

During Demi’s treatment, Sam Challenger – the building manager of 3 Hardman Square – and her team nominated The Christie Charity as the company’s charity of the year. They also signed up for The Christie Challenge to complete 6 fundraising activities in 12 months.

3 Hardman Square’s first fundraising activity in memory of Demi was an 8-hour virtual bikeathon, virtually cycling from Manchester to Paris and back again. Sam then took on a skydive challenge in April 2023, completing a jump of 15,000 feet. They also completed various other fundraising activities throughout the year including raffles and competitions with generous prizes donated by supporters.

For their final Christie Challenge events, 3 Hardman Square held a winter raffle, then hosted a 10-hour silent disco in their reception on Thursday 14 December 2023.

During the various fundraising activities, 3 Hardman Square built a strong community of supporters with the building occupiers and service partners who all helped raise vital funds for The Christie Charity. This included their resident yoga studio Yoga Republic, who pledged 10% of all class takings to the Charity.

Although 3 Hardman Square had set an initial target of £10,000 for their Christie Challenge fundraising, the success of their first few events meant they upped their target to £20,000. They smashed this target, raising a total of just under £20,800!

The Christie Challenge was a lovely target to work towards, with something tangible to have on show in our reception to show tenants who were the main contributors to our fundraising what we have achieved.

Sam Challenger, Christie fundraiser

We'd like to say a huge thanks to 3 Hardman Square for taking on The Christie Challenge! Their incredible efforts and the fundraising of other supporters like them helps us keep supporting cancer patients, over and above what the NHS can fund.

The Christie Challenge is to complete 6 different fundraising activities over the year. Whether you want to do a sponsored run, organise a bake sale or host an online quiz night, you can get involved.

If you want to help The Christie Charity keep moving this year, sign up for The Christie Challenge.