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Teenage cancer patients enjoy Bieber show thanks to Knutsford woman
11:20am Friday 8th March 2013 in News
A GROUP of teenagers being treated at The Christie in Manchester saw US superstar Justin Bieber in concert this week thanks to the generosity of a Knutsford woman.
Sarah Irlam paid £2,000 in the annual Help a Capital Child Appeal weekend last October for the chance for her and 12 friends to see the US pop star in the Capital FM box at the Manchester Arena.
But, unable to take up her prize because she is abroad, she called Capital FM at the 11th hour to ask them to donate her once-in-a-lifetime prize to a worthy cause.
Breakfast show hosts Rob Ellis and his co-presenters Rachel Burke-Davies and Wingman immediately contacted the Christie Hospital, whose Teenage Cancer Unit the Help a Capital Child Appeal is raising funds for, to offer them the fantastic night out.
The youngsters jumped at the chance to send patients on the money-can’t-buy Bieber treat, and 13 patients and their carers headed down to the arena to see him on Thursday.
Sarah said: “I’m so glad my prize will bring such enjoyment to the Christie’s teenagers who are fighting cancer.”
Lorraine Wright, from the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Oncology Unit at The Christie, said: “The young people who are having and have had treatment for cancer on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at The Christie hospital go through a really tough time with chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.
“When they are feeling well enough it is fantastic for them to have a night out at a great event like the Justin Bieber concert.
“Thank you Capital for making it happen for them.”