A hospital manager from Whaley Bridge will take part in the Great Manchester Run this year as part of a team of 16 doctors, nurses and other staff from The Christie, Manchester’s much- loved cancer centre.
The director of capital and estates at The Christie, Stuart Keen, will join his colleagues to honour the struggles of some of their colleagues and patients living with and undergoing treatment for cancer.
The team has decided to run for The Christie charity in recognition of the impact the charity has investing in fantastic patient facilities at the cancer centre and funding clinical research to find pioneering new treatments.
The Christie team includes six nurses, four doctors, four managers, a physicist and an estates manager. Many have chosen to enter simply to support the cause, and others decided to join in due to an even more personal connection.
Stuart said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the iconic Great Manchester Run as part of the Christie team.
“The NHS as a whole has faced huge challenges throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and colleagues at The Christie have worked tirelessly with skill, dedication and compassion to keep cancer services going throughout. This will be a fantastic morale booster for everyone at The Christie.
“I’m really proud to work at The Christie and I’m proud to be part of the team for the iconic Great Manchester Run this year.
“I hope that people throughout Greater Manchester will sign up to run the event for The Christie this year as the pandemic has hit our charity hard and income is down by 25 per cent. Cancer didn’t stop in the pandemic and neither did we, but we need our supporters more than ever this year – to either run for us or sponsor someone who is.”
The Christie’s head of operations, Bernie Delahoyde has been instrumental in pulling the team together and is running the event for the third time.
She said: “As in every walk of life, I and all of those who are running in this team, have known colleagues over the last few years that have been diagnosed with cancer. Just because we work at a cancer centre it is no less shocking or heartbreaking to have to see them go through it.
“Thankfully many colleagues have been successfully treated but there are some who are still on treatment and having to live with a cancer diagnosis, and sadly a few who are no longer with us as the treatments available were not effective. That’s why the clinical research we do at The Christie is so important as it gives life and hope and it’s why our Christie charity is so vital because it helps fund research.”
The full Christie team for the 10km event comprises of: Claire Adams, Faye Barnes, Dr Jon Bell, Mandy Bell, Bernie Delahoyde, Professor Adrian Bloor, Dr Larysa Duniec, Tracy Iles, Stuart Keen, Professor Ranald Mackay, Dr Jaya Nariani, Theresa Plaiter, Rachel Rathbone, Jackie Wrench, Sharon Wroe and Prof Janelle Yorke.
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to patients and their families.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.