For the first time ever this week, four major sporting clubs in Greater Manchester are teaming up to support cancer patients at The Christie.
Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester United Football Club and Salford City Reds Rugby League club are joining forces to host this year’s Christie Charity Ball to raise money for specialist research at the famous cancer centre.
Taking place at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, a host of legends from each club will be attending the event which will celebrate the region’s proud sporting history.
The ball was the idea of Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee, who has lined up other legends including former England and Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, ex-Great Britain Lions Rugby League player Alan Hunte from Salford City Reds, and Lancashire’s famous wicket keeper Warren Hegg.
Mike Summerbee, who played for Manchester City and England in the 1960s and 1970s, and has had prostate cancer, said; “I have always been a supporter of The Christie and have been to many fundraising events and dinners, but this one is particularly special because I cannot think of another occasion when all of Manchester’s major sporting teams have joined forces in this way. The research at The Christie is vital for the people of Manchester, so I am delighted this event will help in some way.”
Alan Hunte, a former player and current coach at Salford City Reds, said; “I am fortunate that my family has no personal experience of The Christie, but being in sport we often come across patients who have been touched by cancer when we have visited. It is a pleasure to be able to support this event because the research which takes place in Manchester is vital for everyone.”
Manchester United club ambassador, who was treated for throat cancer in 2011, Bryan Robson, said; “It is no secret that recently I have had personal experience of cancer treatment, so a cause like this is obviously very dear to my heart. The Christie is an amazing facility for the people of Manchester and beyond, so I am delighted that us sporting types can all join together and do a little something to help.”
Warren Hegg, Lancashire and England cricket star, added; “Everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club is very proud of our association with The Christie so we are delighted to be supporting this ball. I am sure it will be a huge success and raise a great amount for some very worthwhile projects.”
The event will be hosted by journalist and Daybreak presenter John Stapleton, with the auction compered by Lord Archer.
On the night guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, delicious four course meal, entertainment from a top UK comedian and music from a no.1 selling UK artist.