Mum and daughter get glowing for The Christie’s Night of Neon
A cancer patient and her daughter are getting ready to dazzle in Day-Glo, at the annual Christie Night of Neon walk to raise money for Manchester’s world class cancer centre, as a thank you for the care and support they received.
The 10k event is taking place on Saturday, 11 November, 2017, starting at The Lowry in Salford Quays, with walkers encouraged to wear their brightest neon costumes and accessories for this colourful evening fundraising spectacle. The event was originally scheduled for 21st October but had to be postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
Jennifer Russell, 31, from Altrincham, Cheshire, has been a dedicated supporter of The Christie ever since her mother, Hazel, started treatment at The Christie in 2013. Jennifer has completed a variety of sporting challenges including a parachute jump, 10k runs and an abseil but is looking forward to completing a more dazzling challenge this year, alongside her mum.
Jennifer said: “My motivation is my mum. She is the strongest woman I know and that is all down to the care and help that has been provided by The Christie. The Christie is at the forefront of the new treatment mum is receiving, so I couldn't think of a better way to repay them for looking after her than raising money for this fantastic charity. I cannot praise their support highly enough, not just for my mum but for all of our family, knowing that every time she goes to The Christie she is coming out that little bit stronger. We both are excited about getting our glow on and taking part in this event together.”
Last year nearly 500 walkers stepped out in fluorescent colours to raise tens of thousands of pounds for The Christie.
This year, The Christie is hoping even more people will join in the fun and support the 44,000 patients who are treated for cancer at the world leading specialist cancer centre each year.
Sporting events manager at The Christie charity, Lindsey Farthing, said: “The Night of Neon is a fantastic 10km walk around vibrant Salford Quays. On the evening there will be music, entertainment and face painting so it’s a great event to get friends and family together to raise much-needed funds for The Christie.
“I want to say a big thank you to everybody taking part in this year’s walk. We were disappointed that due to adverse weather conditions we had to reschedule, however we hope that all those originally signed up plus some new participants, will still be able to join us on the 11th November. We hope they all have a fabulous evening and thank them for supporting our cause.”
It’s easy to register. Simply visit www.nightofneon.org, ring 0161 446 3400 or register on the night of the event from 6:30pm. The entry fee is £12 for adults, £6 for children.
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has more than 50,000 supporters who helped raise £14.4m last year.
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked ‘Outstanding’ by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which referred to it as ‘exceptional’ and ‘a leader in its field’. It not only commended the Trust for its effectiveness and care, but highlighted its work in shaping the future of cancer care and noted the reach and influence of its clinical research projects. The CQC also rated The Christie the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.