On Friday, 26th of June, Leap29 took part in a 14km walk from our headquarters in Wilmslow to The Christie hospital. The Christie is the largest cancer centre in Europe, based in Manchester. The hospital is a national cancer specialist, and around a quarter of their patients are referred to them from other parts of the country. The event was organised by Gemma Whiteside, one of our Senior Managing Consultants, who’s family have experienced first-hand the incredible efforts and support that The Christie offers its patients after her step-Mum was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in October 2014. A number of others at Leap29 have also been witness to the extraordinary treatment available at The Christie due to unfortunate circumstances where their loved ones had also been treated.
The walk took just over 3 hours, and after weeks of fundraising, a raffle – where local businesses had kindly donated some prizes, and a man vs food hot wing challenge, we were delighted to see that we had raised a phenomenal £1,706, with Leap29 kindly rounding it up to a total of £2,000.
Gemma’s step-Mum and Dad were there to meet everyone who took part in the walk at the finish line and Gemma commented “There are plenty of people living and dealing with Cancer, and I'm sure that what we've achieved today will have touched a lot of people who have been affected with this awful illness. Together, we've made some difference”.
The funds will be donated to The Christie and distributed between several of their projects - Leukaemia research, The Cancer Information Centre and Breast Cancer Research. Click here to learn more about the fantastic work that The Christie do.