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About the charity

The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer centres, treating more than 44,000 patients a year.

We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 26% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country.

Our annual turnover is £173 million and we have 2,500 staff, 350 volunteers and 18,000 public members.

NHS services

We provide:

  • radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world, both on our main site in south Manchester and via The Christie radiotherapy centre in Oldham
  • chemotherapy in the largest chemotherapy unit in the UK and via 14 other hospitals
  • highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer
  • a wide range of support and diagnostic services

Research & Education

We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. Our clinical trials unit is the largest early phase trials unit in the world, with around 200 trials ongoing at any one time. We are part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre with The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK and also one of seven partners in the Manchester Academic Health Science Research Centre. Cancer research in Manchester has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

The Christie School of Oncology provides undergraduate education, clinical professional and medical education and is the first of its kind in the UK.

Joint ventures

We provide private patient services through The Christie Clinic, our joint venture with HCA International. These services help increase income for our NHS developments.


Our developments are breaking new ground and transforming treatment and care for cancer patients. These include a unique network of Christie radiotherapy centres in other parts of the area to deliver treatment closer to people’s homes and the development of our young oncology services in partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust.


We have achieved world firsts since The Christie was established in 1901. It was named The Christie in recognition of the pioneering work of both Richard Copley Christie and his wife Mary Ellen Christie. At this time there were 30 beds and 463 patients a year.


Our charity is the second largest hospital charity in the country.
Over 2,000 fundraisers and 20,000 supporters help bring in £15.9 million a year, which helps fund additional patient services and vital research.

How you can help

The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. There are lots of different ways to show your support - join #TeamChristie today and help make a difference to the care and treatment we provide to our patients and their families.


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