Following the blaze at one of The Christie Hospital buildings in April, Stockport’s Vernon Building Society team have been raising funds.
The fire at the Withington cancer hospital saw year’s worth of research and life-saving equipment destroyed. A team from the Vernon Building Society in Stockport will tackle the Cheshire Three Peaks to raise funds following the fire at The Christie. Tackling a 22km route covering Tegg’s Nose, Shining Tor and Shutlingsloe, a team of 15 from the Vernon will be donning their walking boots. The Vernon will also match any donations made up to a maximum of £600.
Caroline Shard, Senior Customer Service Manager at the Vernon, said;
“Several members of staff at the Vernon have benefited from The Christie and the good work they do – it is an amazing place and helps so many people in our area. As soon as we heard about the fire, we wanted to help – 22km is going to be a challenge, but together I know we can do it.”
The Christie was named in honour of Richard and Mary Christie who were instrumental in setting up the Cancer centre. Frequently confronted by new diseases The Christie has earned its high ranking position in the medical industry as an innovative advanced centre for research and treatment. Caroline will lead her team around the 15-mile route and have already raised nearly 50% of their target for the charity.
Jen Bailey, Corporate Fundraising Coordinator at The Christie charity, said;
“We are extremely grateful to all of our supporters for their offers of fundraising support, practical assistance and messages of encouragement following the fire in April earlier this year. Everyone at The Christie charity is wishing the Vernon team all the best with their upcoming challenge.”
The walk is due to take place on July 23, 2017, and Team Vernon can be sponsored here. The fundraising drive will be put to rebuilding and restoring the research centre, which has strived to investigate and analyse several different cancers and has made great leaps towards improving both treatments and care given to patients.