It’s really important for us to deliver the best possible services to all our patients. Recently I have been focusing on the waits for chemotherapy treatments and outpatients visits as many of our patients have to wait for their reviews and treatments by medical staff. This happens for numerous reasons, but in the majority of cases this is due to the growing number of patients we see, complexity of treatment requirements and physical capacity in our clinics. The whole organisation is now focused on improving this experience for our patients without jeopardising patient care. This is so important for us.
On a different note, our Manhattan to Manchester Fundraising Ball on Friday was a great success, so a huge thank you to everyone who supported us.
I knew I had to appear dramatically different from how I looked when I crossed the finishing line at the New York Marathon in Central Park! I popped down to our local hairdresser in Withington as it’s important to support local businesses and I actually plucked up the courage to have my hair cut in a new style. I like to change my look, but its funny how changing your hairstyle can be a bit nerve-racking. My hairdresser gave me the courage to do something different, so thank you Lee.
We all had a great night at the fundraising ball, but as with everything we do, the motivation and reason behind it is very serious. Every pound raised for every step we took over the 26 miles of the New York Marathon will make a difference to our patients. All my work as chief executive has the same aim in mind – to deliver the best possible care and treatment to patients – but this has been a more personal journey. It has highlighted the tremendous effort that our fundraisers go to, in their very different ways, to raise money for us.
In times like this fundraising can seem like a marathon – it takes determination, dedication, a lot of hard work, and sometimes you’re faced with such obstacles you really do feel like you’re hitting the wall. But the key thing is, it’s always, always worth it.
Thanks to you we have now achieved our £26,000 target. Half of the money raised will go towards our major new Christie developments. The other half of the money raised tonight will support the Willow Foundation, a national charity who we work with that provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds throughout the UK.
As always, we are very grateful.