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500 walkers needed to raise vital funds for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Manchester Charity The Christie want you to get involved in a huge canal side charity walk to raise vital funds for their world class cancer centre, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

They are calling for Greater Manchester residents to dust off their walking shoes and get involved in the Bridgewater Way Walk on Sunday 4th June.

The Christie charity are hoping for more than 500 walkers to step out and stroll to raise tens of thousands of pounds.

The walk is being sponsored by Peel L&P, who own and run the Bridgewater Canal.

All money raised will go to Manchester’s world class cancer centre, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Walkers of the 5-kilometre route will get to enjoy some of Greater Manchester’s most famous sites on the historic Bridgewater Canal whilst fundraising for this amazing cause.

The route is fully accessible, so please get involved if you can – all abilities and paces will be welcome to walk.

The money raised through The Bridgewater Way Walk in aid of The Christie, will support The Christie’s pioneering bloods closer to home service.

The service, which is funded by The Christie charity and run by Christie staff, operates from 11 convenient locations across Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

As the largest single site cancer centre in Europe, The Christie treats more than 60,000 patients across the North West each year.

The bloods closer to home service, allows patients to book their own appointments online at a time that suits them, in a location that is convenient for them.

Taking a blood sample is vital for patients to check how their organs are functioning and protein levels, which can also act as markers to see how the patient is responding to treatment.

The blood sampling process takes less than a couple of minutes, however some patients have had to do a two-hour roundtrip to get to The Christie’s
Withington site.

The bloods closer to home service drastically cuts down travel times which can be draining for patients needing frequent testing on top of undergoing treatment.

A patient having their bloods taken. 

The fundraising walk will take place along the picturesque and historic Bridgewater Canal.

Considered to be the first true canal in England, the 39-mile (65km) canal stretches from Runcorn to Leigh and was constructed over 250 years ago by the Duke of Bridgewater to transport coal from his mine at Worsley in Greater Manchester efficiently and cheaply to the rapidly expanding towns and cities nearby.

Nowadays, The Bridgewater Canal is one of the best spots in Greater Manchester for wellbeing and is a leisure waterway popular with many cruising boaters.

Notable sites along the walk will include Old Trafford football stadium, Lancashire County Cricket Club’s ground, The Trafford Centre and the Embassy Village site which will be the UK’s largest purpose-built village for rough sleepers, being delivered by Peel L&P and partners. Prior to the walk there will be a variety of entertainment hosted at Trafford Palazzo and the party atmosphere will continue for walkers who complete the walk in Castlefield with
more music, street food and drinks.

Strollers who sign up will receive fundraising tips, a sponsorship pack, and a free T-shirt to celebrate participating in The Bridgewater Way Walk in aid of The Christie, as well as a medal once walkers have completed the event.

To help with The Christie charity’s goal to support its bloods closer to home service, the organisers would like to ask everyone who takes part in The Bridgewater Way Walk in aid of The Christie to aim to raise a minimum sponsorship of £50.

You can sign up now to take part in The Bridgewater Way Walk in aid of The Christie on Sunday 4 th June by clicking here.

Sign up prices are £15 per adult, £8 per child under 16, £38 for a family (two adults, two children) and £65 for a team of five adults.

If you would like to become an official corporate sponsor of the event, please email [email protected]

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