AstraZeneca employees at the firm’s Macclesfield Campus have been busily supporting the Christie at Macclesfield through the development of a strategic partnership and a series of fundraising activities.
Earlier this year, AstraZeneca announced the Christie at Macclesfield (along with East Cheshire Hospice) as the two local charities they would be supporting through fundraising and partnership activities during 2021.
So far, employees have raised thousands for both charities, with AZ pledging to match funds raised up to £15,000 for each at the end of the year.
AZ has partnered with the Christie at Macclesfield team since the very early days of the project to build a new cancer centre at Macclesfield hospital. Fundraising activities carried out so far include a virtual cook-a-long with professional chefs from Sodexo, virtual quizzes and a sponsored silence.
Upcoming events (subject to COVID restrictions) include a summer barbeque and one employee is undertaking a 100-mile bike ride to raise money. AstraZeneca are also sponsoring the Christie Walk of Hope which takes place at Tatton Park on 18th September.
Katie Morelli who is leading on The Christie at Macclesfield partnership from AstraZeneca said:
The team are all truly passionate about putting patients first. Sadly many of us have friends and family who have needed or will need the support of The Christie. To have this facility in the heart of our community will make a huge difference.“
Anna McIntosh, major relationships development manager at The Christie said:
Having worked in partnership with AZ since the start of our Christie at Macclesfield journey we’re delighted at the decision to make the Christie at Macclesfield a “local charity of choice” this year. It’s through partnerships like this that we can bring the vision of a new cancer centre in Macclesfield to reality. We are so grateful to the team at AstraZeneca for its support fundraising to help us with our plans.”