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International students’ ‘world cup’ tournament raises £626 for The Christie

Students from all over the world studying ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at The Manchester College took part in an ‘ESOL Football World Cup’ tournament to raise money for The Christie cancer hospital in Manchester. The money the students raised will go towards the funding of a research room within The Christie’s new high energy proton beam therapy centre which is due for completion in 2018. It will be one of only two in the UK.

Proton beam therapy will enable the NHS to treat patients with some of the most complex forms of cancer, whilst reducing the potential long term effects of conventional radiotherapy, which is particularly important when treating children, so it is particularly satisfying for the students that their efforts will help young people like themselves.

The ESOL students, from the College’s Harpurhey Campus, come from diverse backgrounds all over the world. They played as seven teams; Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, at the Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey. Italy were crowned winners in the final with a golden goal against Spain, a glorious end to an action-packed day’s tournament.

You have done yourselves, the department and the College proud and you have also done a cancer hospital proud

Howard Newhall, community fundraising officer for The Christie charity, received a cheque for the money raised at a presentation at Harpurhey Campus. ESOL tutor Haseeb Akhtar announced the current total to the students to cheers and applause. He told them: “You have done yourselves, the department and the College proud and you have also done a cancer hospital proud.” Mr Newhall said: “Every penny counts, but to have raised £626 is great.” He told the students that treating cancer is expensive and they should be very proud that the money they had raised would go towards funding a £5.6m research room within the £125m proton beam therapy centre.

Along with a centre at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie’s centre will be one of only two NHS high energy centres in the UK. While proton beam therapy represents a big step forward in offering a more effective and kinder treatment for cancer patients, it is not without its limitations. Research is therefore required to further improve the targeting of proton beam therapy to ensure better outcomes for patients.

He also explained that The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are over and above what the NHS funds. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who helped raise £13.4m last year.

Student Ammish Mir who took part in the tournament, said: "It feels good to help The Christie. We would like to help them every year if we can.”

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