It was a wonderful day for illustrating the power of kindness, the strenght of the human heart and the generosity of our supporters. .
I attended a beach-themed ladies lunch on a hotel roof at lunchtime. A fundraising fiesta for our charity that gave St Tropez a run for its money.
‘Girls on top’ - literally. Where the women sizzled and salsa danced as brightly as the summer - and all for a great cause.
The organisers Trisha and Sue - and their companies Hill Dickinson and Wellness - worked so hard to put on a great event, with contributions from so many others.
And we then had our runners reception in the evening.
An opportunity to celebrate the great success of people who have run for us - and thank them for their support for the Christie
Over the last 12 months our runners have collectively raised over £500,000 and covered a distance of over 35,000 miles. The equivalent of running around the world one and a half times.
Our auditorium was full of patients, former patients, families and friends and celebrities.
We were thrilled to have Gold medallist Darren Campbell attend as our special guest to present the medals.
A warm, modest, funny and brilliant man - and a local lad. An Olympic hero who called all our runners 'heroes'.
I ran alongside many of our guests at the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon. They were both uplifting, inspiring and enjoyable days, but to hear the personal stories of the runners this evening was humbling and moving.
We will always have a mix laughter and tears here - but also hope.
And that's what the evening was all about.
Hope is why we do what we do.
Hope never dies.
And hope will save lives.