Above: Nick Bianchi was joined by David Rutley MP, Christie staff and patients at the Macclesfield Christie fundraising event.
Plans to develop the new The Christie cancer centre in Macclesfield continue at pace – helped by a fundraising event at Arighi Bianchi.
Planning permission for the new centre, which will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose built unit, was granted last September. The focus now turns to raising the funds needed to make this important new facility possible.
Currently, more than £3 million has been donated from the local community towards the project. In total, £23 million is needed from voluntary funds to help construct the new centre, with a further £3.5 million being provided by the NHS.
At the event, representatives from The Christie, including the Clinical Lead for the new centre, Dr Andrew Sykes, set out the significant benefits the centre would have for patients in Cheshire and surrounding communities, giving them access to state-of-the-art facilities and some of the most advanced treatments available locally. This includes: radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and a wider range of clinical trials.
Local MP, David Rutley, spoke with representatives and patients from The Christie pledging his continued support to helping realise the facility.
The patients who attended the event highlighted the vital impact that the care and treatment that they received from the Christie in Manchester has had for them and their families.