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Young cancer patients at OT

Young cancer patients from The Christie enjoyed an extra special day out at Manchester United and even got to play on the pitch at the world famous ‘Theatre of dreams’ with former player Lee Sharpe.

Young cancer patients at OT

Patients from The Christie’s award winning teenage cancer unit, along with their brothers and sisters, got the chance to take part in football training sessions and other fun games with Lee Sharpe and MUFC community coaches.

They also took part in a penalty shoot out against Lee and following their time on the pitch took part in a tour of the ground and museum.

Christie patient Amy Dutton, 24, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last year, said; “Days like this are amazing. Seeing everyone with smiles on their faces is brilliant and, as a Manchester United fan, being on the pitch is a dream come true.”

Lee, who has recently set up the Lee Sharpe Foundation which supports the Christie charity, said; “I know what an incredible feeling scoring a goal at Old Trafford is, so it is fantastic these young cancer patients have been given this opportunity."

Head of sporting event at the Christie charity, Jenny Haskey said; “The day was organised as part of the Christie charity’s partnership with Manchester United. Since this partnership was launched in 2007 over £260,000 has been raised to fund a full time physiotherapist, a full time occupational therapist and associated equipment for the teenage cancer unit at The Christie. Extra rehabilitation is important for our young cancer patients to enable them to regain independence and adjust to their life after a diagnosis of cancer.”

Members of the Lee Sharpe Foundation have all been personally affected by cancer and know people who have been treated at The Christie. The foundation recently donated £5,000 to the Christie charity following a dinner dance. They are planning a similar event at the Midland Hotel in Manchester in September.

The award winning teenage cancer unit at The Christie provides specialist care and facilities for young people between 16 and 24 years of age.