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This month, we’re putting Lola Berry and her family into our fundraiser Hall of Fame.

Lola’s first experience of The Christie was in March 2023, when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. As Lola was aged just 4, Lola’s mum Kerry Thomas and the rest of her family were understandably heartbroken at the diagnosis.

After Lola was referred to The Christie for proton beam therapy treatment, Kerry said that the team were a big support to the family. She said that though the experience was hard, without the immediate action of all involved – their GP, and the doctors, nurses, play team, oncologists, radiographers, and surgeons at The Christie – it could have been a lot harder.

Due to Lola’s treatment at The Christie, Kerry saw first-hand the difference that donations and fundraising for The Christie Charity could make. She saw how donations to The Christie Charity were helping in so many ways – to fund new technology, new equipment, medicine, research, mental health, after care, and in many more areas over and above NHS funding.

To say thanks to The Christie for Lola’s treatment, Kerry and Lola’s dad James set up a JustGiving fundraising page for The Christie Charity. James works at Bolton Wanderers Football Club as their First Team Chef. The club shared Lola’s story on their social media channels and helped to boost the donations to the Charity.

As well as their JustGiving fundraiser, the family also held a festival-style party fundraiser for Lola’s 5th birthday to raise more funds for The Christie Charity. The party took place at The Village on The Green in Aspull, Wigan on Sunday 3 September 2023 and raised just under an incredible £10,400.

“Every single person we met at The Christie is a pure angel, a completely different type of human and we can never thank each and every person enough.

Kerry Thomas, Christie fundraiser

“Our first day with the proton team was scary and bewildering for us all, and by the last day we didn't want to leave!
“We wanted Lola's birthday to be a fundraiser but to also be mainly about her. We included everything we know she loves. We chose a festival theme as she loves everything glittery, and rainbows so it was easy to combine everything. So many companies chipped in on the day whether that be facepainting, bouncy castles, or cakes. Everyone's generosity blew us away!”

  - Kerry Thomas, Christie fundraiser

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Lola and all her family for their birthday fundraising. It’s support like this from amazing fundraisers that help us keep supporting cancer patients and their loved ones, over and above what the NHS funds.

Would you like to fundraise for The Christie Charity? Speak to the charity team on 0161 446 3988 or see how you can get involved with fundraising.