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Daily’s appeal website crashes after readers flock to donate

A fundraising website set up by a regional daily to help a cancer research centre devastated by a fire crashed after readers flocked to donate.

The Manchester Evening News launched a campaign to help The Christie Hospital after the blaze on Wednesday.

It’s understood years of research and life-saving equipment worth millions of pounds were lost in the fire.

After the appeal was launched by the MEN and Cancer Research UK, readers were so eager to replenish the centre’s funds that the donation website crashed.

MEN Christie

As of yesterday afternoon, almost £50,000 had been raised.

Professor Richard Marais, director of the centre, said: “This was our worst nightmare and it played out in front of our eyes.

“We will rebuild. This institute is too important, not just to Manchester but for the whole world, as a centre for cancer discovery and treatment. The fight starts here.

“We are extremely grateful to the Manchester Evening News and its readers. We hope everyone will spare a minute and dig deeply to get the centre back up and running as soon as possible.”

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  • May 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Cracking start MEN. How about knocking on every door in the city, with the help of fundraising volunteers, to show the world what Mancunians are made of. Tons of stories, a lasting Guinness Book of Records entry, workd media attention and triumph over defeat. Merlot has it’s uses !!

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