The Christie gets its money back, now help it raise more!
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I spend a lot of time on this blog venting frustration at lack of action by public bodies in doing the right thing. When it was revealed earlier this year that The Christie Hospital had lost 6.5 million in the collapse of Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander (KSF) I, like many others in the North West, was horrified that such a thing could happen when hard working charity fundraisers had raised all this cash.
Therefore I was delighted earlier this month when NHS North West, the strategic health authority for the region announced that it will be giving The Christie the 6.5 million that was lost. People power and a grassroots campaign worked to put pressure on the powers that be to do the right thing!
The strategic health authority has identified opportunities from across its building development schemes to find a solution for The Christie. This money does not compromise any other NHS services or plans and will enable The Christie to develop cancer services for patients in the region.
However it doesnt stop there! The Christie always needs more funds and charity fundraisers have an event planned on 4th July 2009. Its a Charity Football Match at Woodley Sports Football Club, Lambeth Grove, Woodley Stockport. The match is between County Business Club [local business people and guest star Jim Gannon] and The All Stars [Coronation St, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Shameless].
There is a licensed bar, tombola, raffle and sports memorabilia auction and more. Kick off is 2.30pm, gates open 1pm. I understand from one of the organizers, Lesley Willis, Legal Executive at Pannone LLP, that admission is 3.50 for adults, 2 for concessions and a family of 4 ticket 10.
I am sure for those who can make it this should be a fantastic day out for the family and will raise money for a good cause. More details of this and other events can be found on The Christie news website.
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