The cars have always had the power to inspire
November 24th 2009
I had a really interesting and enjoyable visit to a Bentley car showroom today to meet some of the designers who are giving up their time to help our charity.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people and companies from so many different walks of life come forward to help us. There are so many good people out there. One of the Bentley designers has been tirelessly fundraising for us for many years.
The hugely talented designers have produced about 45 pieces of exclusive artwork in aid of the Christie. These are a mix of impressive paintings, sculptures and drawings of the award winning cars and are going to be auctioned by Bonhams Auction House in London on the 1st December.
Bentley cars are a classic British product that are all about top quality design and we hope to develop our corporate charity relationship with this successful company.
The cars have always had the power to inspire. But the generosity and kindness of these designers is truly inspiring.
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Listening to patients
November 20th 2009
With over 40,000 patients to treat every year it is so important we listen to our patients to make our services better. The people we look after are the heart of everything we do and if what we are doing isn’t working or isn’t right we need to change. I am always interested in people’s comments to my blog particularly when it is about our care and their experiences. As many of you know quite often when having treatment or consultations at any hospital – extended waits occur. This is completely unacceptable for any patient. We have been working hard at The Christie to improve this. However, this week we got it wrong for one of our patients who let me know through this blog. Treatment and care at The Christie can be quite complex but that is no excuse. Needless to say we will listen to this patient and learn from this case to improve services to our patients.
Last night I had the privilege to be the guest of honour at Altrincham Grammar School prize giving. It was a fantastic event and the boys were celebrating outstanding success in their GCSE’s. In my address I spoke about the importance of listening to people to understand the real issues in life as I was reminded this week by the person who contacted me. It was a pleasure to speak at such a lovely and very happy school.
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The best possible reason to push modesty to one side
November 16th 2009
We praise modesty as a virtue, but it’s important that brilliant work is acknowledged and applauded. It’s good for everyone as it enables the sharing of best practice and new ideas.
That’s why since coming to the Christie I’ve encouraged teams to enter for awards. We should be confident in putting our initiatives and achievements up for the scrutiny of expert judging panels and proud to be publicly praised if we are shortlisted or win.
We’ve been shortlisted for a range of prestigious awards this year and already won a number. An excellent endorsement of our services for patients. But I am really delighted that we have just won two awards for a very different piece of work. A campaign that we could never have predicted and that was totally unique in its circumstances. And a campaign that really tested us and required us to be fearless, creative and opportunistic.
Our ‘Cash Back for Christie’ campaign for the return of our charity’s £6.5 million won 'Best Low Budget Campaign' and 'Best Public Services Communications Campaign' at the How-Do Public Services Communications Awards 2009. The second award was joint with Liverpool City Council for their European Capital of Culture campaign, and the judges said that “both companies have clearly provided a benchmark for future campaigns across the UK.”
This campaign was always about people power and could never have succeeded without the fantastic support of local people, our patients, fundraisers and the Manchester Evening News. The best possible reason to push modesty to one side and celebrate this success. These are the people’s awards and we thank you.
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Women can change the world
November 11th 2009
Yesterday I went from detailed meetings about complex performance, financial and organisational issues to an uplifting, exciting evening dinner where the creative ideas flowed.
I was with three inspiring, clever, bright women. All with very active lives, children and minds.
I was introduced to them through a friend and they are so supportive of the Christie that they want to use their enthusiasm and high-profile contacts to help our charity. We brainstormed lots of fundraising and PR ideas (and they also volunteered their husbands to run the Great Manchester Run for us next May, as we are the official local charity for the event !).
I always judge people as individuals and normally hate generalising, but the fantastic trio I met last night makes me feel there is sometimes an extra special ingredient in women.
Maybe it’s the ability to use both our emotions and intellect to make things happen.
Together we can change the world.
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