I can’t describe how thankful I feel today that our strategic health authority, NHS North West, has announced it will be giving us the £6.5 million pounds that was lost in the banking collapse.
I am delighted for the 100,000 people who supported the campaign, our amazing fundraisers and donors who are so generous and tireless in their support, our staff who work so hard - but most of all I'm delighted for our patients. They will benefit from this money, and they are the people that have spurred everyone to work so hard to find a solution.
This money was raised by the dedicated people of the North West who gave up their own time to help cancer patients, and I’m delighted the money is back where it rightfully belongs.
The strategic health authority knows just how important this money is for the future services and care of cancer patients. It knows what a vital role The Christie plays for the seven million people who live in the region, and so it did what it could to find a solution. It identified opportunities from across its building development scheme to bring about today’s announcement, which will not compromise other NHS services or plans.
Since the news broke first thing this morning, there’s been such a buzz around the hospital with patients, staff and visitors all speaking about how thrilled they are with the news and I’ve been inundated with so many heartfelt messages.
It’s been an emotional and difficult time and the level of public support has been indescribable. The story has made not only made local and regional news, but national media too, and our head of charity, Louise Hadley has been on air thanking everyone for their fantastic support.
It’s onwards and upwards now but we still need everyone's wonderful support. We will never tire in our efforts to deliver the best possible care and treatment to cancer patients.
I've received a letter today from the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and he highlights just how special this place is