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Leading businessmen from Hill Dickinson are taking part in an ambitious new campaign to raise £1million for The Christie charity. The funds will be used to introduce a new mobile chemotherapy unit for The Christie, enabling patients to receive treatment closer to home.
Peter Oakes and James Bilham, both senior members of the Fraud team at Hill Dickinson, are two of eight leading North West businessmen taking part in a ruthless cycling challenge between 14th and 18th September as part of the ‘On The Road to Recovery campaign’.
The campaign, which started in April this year, includes a series of fundraising activities. The biggest feat of them all is the ‘On the Road’ cycle challenge, which will see a team of local business leaders taking in seven iconic alpine climbs that regular feature in the Tour de France, covering 480km over the course of four days. There has been £180,000 donated to the cause so far.
Peter Oakes said: “This is a really exciting project and whilst it’s going to be hard work and require a lot of physical and mental strength, I’m proud to be taking part in a challenge that will raise money for a much needed facility for The Christie.
“A mobile chemotherapy unit will help the hospital deliver care to patients who otherwise have to travel miles to receive treatment and this is what will spur us on when we are tackling those mountains next week.”
Dr Andrew Wardley, clinical lead for chemotherapy at The Christie, said; “This is an incredible challenge so huge thanks to the team for taking this on.
“The mobile chemotherapy unit will be a great benefit to patients allowing them to have The Christie experience of specialised care and the best outcomes delivered close to where they live. It will make an enormous difference.
“The best of luck to everyone joining this campaign – all money raised will help cancer patients throughout Greater Manchester.”
The Christie is one of Europe’s leading cancer treatments centres based in South Manchester. For more information on the On The Road to Recovery challenge and how to get involved please visit www.ontheroadtorecovery.co.uk.
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