A charity very close to our hearts

When we founded the manchester PA network, we decided that rather than make money from our hard work, we wanted to give something back to such an amazing charity - The Christie.

 

By our members donating a small amount to attend each event, and buying a few raffle tickets along the way, since we launched we have raised over £75,000.00

 

In December 2016 we pledged to the Christie that by 2020 we would raise £100,000 and we are well on our way to reaching that milestone.

 

We don't think we have met one person since we set up this network that hasn't been touched by cancer and everything we do is in memory of those people who have lost their courageous battles but also to celebrate all those who have beaten cancer. 

 

Amanda's Mum, Wendy, lost her battle with cancer in 1989 aged only 34 and after a 20 year battle with cancer, and when Amanda was just 9 years old.  Wendy under went numerous operations and treatment at The Christie and always praised their efforts for her and the family. 

 

The Christie run various events throughout the year that people can get involved with personally, or as a corporate fundraiser, just as we are.  The Christie team always attend our events so why not take time to speak to them and find out more.

The Christie – Your Impact

 

As one of the largest hospital charities in the UK, The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist cancer centre in Manchester.  Money raised for the charity enables the funding of projects, equipment, services and improvements so as to give patients the very best care, treatment and support possible.

 

Each and every supporter of the charity helps The Christie fund life-changing and potentially life-saving projects that would not be possible with NHS funds alone.  This funding could be for new treatment buildings, world-leading research programmes or specialist equipment, ensuring that The Christie is at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs and developments.

 

How your donations are helping change lives

 

Catherine Stewart, a 40 year old doctor and a patient at The Christie, has had her life significantly extended thanks to a Christie clinical trial.  She was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma five years ago when she was 37 weeks pregnant.  Because of her pregnancy, Catherine was unable to have the immediate treatment normally recommended and, following the birth of her son, she discovered that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. 

 

Thanks to two separate clinical trials at The Christie, Catherine has received new treatments that have rapidly shrunk her tumours and allowed her to spend precious time with her son and husband.

Without the generous donations they receive, The Christie simply would not be able to run such an extensive and world-leading programme of clinical trials so it is thanks to every one of their supporters that The Christie remains at the forefront of early phase clinical trials worldwide.

 

Recent news from The Christie

 

Voted the most technologically advanced cancer centre outside North America

The Christie has recently been recognised as the most technologically advanced cancer centre in the world outside North America.  That's according to the web site ‘Top Masters in Healthcare’ which has painstakingly researched 100 top cancer centres across the world and ranked them according to the level of cutting edge technology available for treatment and diagnosis. 

http://www.topmastersinhealthcare.com/30-most-technologically-advanced-cancer-centers-in-the-world/

 

Cancer-free due to life saving surgery

Brian Young, a cancer patient, who was given just six months to live in January 2016, is celebrating being cancer free and getting ready to return to work thanks to life-saving keyhole surgery at The Christie.  Speaking about his experience, Brian says: “I can’t thank the surgical team at The Christie enough for what they have done for me. In my wildest dreams I would never have expected this – I have a full life expectancy now after my original diagnosis was six maybe 12 months at best. To be cancer free is incredible.”

Receiving our Dedicated to the Christie Awards 

Our first 'bronze' dedicated to the Christie Award
Our second 'Silver' dedicated to the Christie Award

Adding leaves to the Christie Tree of Hope

Amanda with the 1st leaf in memory of Mum Wendy
Hayley with the 2nd leaf in memory of Grandma Patricia

See other ways the Manchester PA Network is raising funds for The Christie

Hayley cycled from Vietnam to Cambodia

 

Last year Hayley embarked on the greatest challenge of her life. She decided to climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro and raised over £7,000 for The Christie!

 

After enjoying it so much (yes she is crazy) she decided to sign up to yet another challenge – to cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia. In November 2015  – just before our big Manchester PA Awards party – Hayley cycled nearly 500km on a mountain bike in 40degree heat across varying landscapes to raise money for The Christie Cancer charity, alongside her Kilimanjaro climbing buddy, Sophie.

 

After not cycling for nearly 20 years, and not even owning a bike, Hayley had to start from scratch and was thrown in at the deep end.   They completed the epic challenge and smashed their fundraising goal, raising a phenomenal £3,517

 

Team MPAN Smash their third Manchester 10K

 

In May this year we put together another team of brave PA's to run the Manchester 10K with us.  A mixture of practised runners and begginers the team succesfully completed their challenge raising over £5,500.

 

Well done everyone who took part and helped us raise such a huge amount of money.  We're already looking forward to getting together next year's team.

Hayley climbs Mount Kilimanjaro for The Christie

 

In October 2014 Hayley, one of our Co-Founders, embarked on the journey of a lifetime – to climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro, for The Christie.

 

After a gruelling training regime over a 6 month period, Hayley was ready to make the climb up the 20,000ft mountain over a 7 day period, starting in the rain forest and finishing at -22 degree temperatures!

“It was an incredible experience, extremely tough and very emotional but worth every second! I met some fantastic people and together we got through it all with smiles on our faces (grimaces on Summit night!). I treated myself to a holiday in Zanzibar afterwards to recover which was much needed!”

 

Hayley did the climb with a company called Action Challenge who she says were fantastic and they have an 80% success rate with getting their groups to the top. If you would like to ask Hayley any questions about the climb or if you are interested in doing it yourself, you can drop her an email for some more information hayley@bigchieftipis.com

Amanda completes free-fall abseil off Old Trafford

 

Co-founder Amanda and fiance Gary took part in the The Christie abseil in March 2014 abseiling free-fall off Old Trafford Football Club the 140ft drop was a real challenge for Amanda who is scared of heights.  

 

After a few tears and nerves from Amanda they succesfully completed their challenge and then went on to run the Manchester 10K.

Team MPAN smash the Manchester 10K and raise £20,000

 

A team of Manchester PA's took part in a very hot Manchester 10K in May 2014 between them raising £8,846.07 for The Christie.

 

It was a real challenge for everyone on one of Manchester's hottest days so Well Done Team MPAN you did us all very proud.

 

For those who want to take part in 2015 we have a team of 20 - please email us at manchesterpanetwork@gmail.com 

Amanda completes a tearful Walk of Hope

 

Co-founder Amanda took to the beautiful surroundings of Tatton Park on September 22nd to take part in the motivating yet highly emotional Walk of Hope in aid of The Christie.

 

With best friend in tow and an M&S picnic the girls completed the 6.6mile walk in just under 1 hour and 50 minutes and raised a massive £800.00.