Our Charity Work
Raising £150,000 in aid of The Christie
Barry Thompson, a Champion of The Christie, wanted to do something special during his Presidential year for the IIM to help make a valuable contribution to the local community. At the AGM on 16th April, as Barry was officially inaugurated as President, ‘Barry’s Project 150’ was also launched. Over the year the IIM will aim to raise £150,000 in aid of The Christie building a new high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) room, as part of the Young Oncology Unit, where teenagers and young adults under cancer treatment can stay in a safe environment and an extra bed is provided for a family member to stay with them. A range of celebrities, including former Manchester City player Dennis Tueart and Tony Audenshaw who plays Bob in Emmerdale, were at the launch at the Cloud Bar, Hilton Hotel in Manchester.
As part of Barry’s Project 150, we are looking for 150 people to run the Manchester Marathon 2014 on 6th April. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced racer or a complete novice because Stockport’s Coach of the Year, Julie Fairclough, is drawing up training plans for us and we will be organising team training runs at a variety of paces on the actual marathon route.
This is the only marathon in the country which you can run as a team, so why not get a group together from the office or the gym and cover the 26.2miles as a relay of 2 or 4 people. We will also be looking for volunteers to help marshal, host a water station and cheer on our runners so please get in touch if you would like to be a part of the team.
Barry’s ‘Project 150’ kicks off in style for The Christie
After crossing the finish line you will be invited to join us at our marquee with sports massages, VIP treatment and live band. The incoming President of the Insurance Institute of Manchester has launched an exciting new campaign to raise £150,000 to help teenage cancer patients at The Christie.
Barry Thompson launched ‘Barry’s Project 150’ at the group’s AGM this week where he was officially made President. The project is aiming to raise £150,000 towards a specialist room in The Christie’s new development for teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Barry, an ambassador of the teenage cancer unit at The Christie, first began fundraising for The Christie when his wife, Chris was treated at the specialist cancer centre in Manchester.
Chris, a former primary school teacher, was 59 when she was diagnosed with two separate forms of cancer in a year. The first was kidney cancer – the kidney was removed and she was given radiotherapy at The Christie. Just 10 months later Chris was diagnosed with breast cancer which was picked up on a routine mammogram. She then underwent a lumpectomy followed by radiotherapy at The Christie.Barry, who lives in Stockport with Chris and their two sons Vincent and Alex, said; “The diagnosis came like a bolt from the blue.