Stars out for Christie charity ball to raise £162,000

Stars gathered at The Principal hotel in Manchester (Phil Tragen)
Stars gathered at The Principal hotel in Manchester (Phil Tragen)

A host of celebrities turned out in support of The Christie charity to help raise funds for a new cancer research centre.

The star-studded event took place at The Principal hotel in Manchester and raised £162,000.

Celebrities including former Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn, Gogglebox’s Julie Malone, The Apprentice’s Lewis Ellis, Manchester United’s Max Taylor and former Rochdale footballer Joe Thompson attended the ‘Atlantis’-themed event.

Hollyoaks stars including Connor Calland (plays Jordan Price) and Eva O’Hara (plays Verity Hutchinson), also attended the ball which featured a DJ set from Peaky Blinders star, Packy Lee (plays Johnny Dogs).

All funds raised will go towards a new cancer research centre. Together with partners, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK, The Christie is building a £150m research facility that will aim to double the number of patients taking part in clinical trials by 2030.

The new centre will replace the Paterson building that was extensively damaged by fire in 2017.

As well as a night of glamour, fine dining and top class entertainment in the stunning ballroom at The Principal, guests had the opportunity to take part in an auction to win experiences and exclusive prizes donated by supporters of the charity.

Prizes auctioned on the night included a tour of the Peaky Blinders set, a Tunnel Club experience at Manchester City and a tour of Michael Owen’s racing stables.

The event was sponsored by ladies online fashion retailer AX Paris and construction company Seddons.

Professor Tim Somervaille, a consultant in haematological oncology at The Christie, said: “The ball was an amazing success, one of the best yet, and we are hugely grateful to all our guests and supporters who made this possible.

“It is vital for the future of cancer research that we are able to build this new centre here in Manchester so that more people can benefit by bringing together the largest concentration of scientists, doctors and nurses in Europe.

“This will allow these specialists to collaborate and accelerate progress for cancer patients.”