A GANG of brave cancer survivors and those who have lost loved ones to the disease will leave a lasting impression on the University's new £28.5m Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC).
Their handprints will be included in the design of the windows of the new building which is due for completion in summer 2014.
The centre, which is being built in Withington funded by The University, Cancer Research UK and The Christie, is set to revolutionise cancer treatment in the North West.
The handprints were completed on the same day as a “topping out” ceremony held on the building site of the new centre on Monday 11 November.
University President Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Christie Chief Executive Caroline Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of CRUK Dr Harpal Kumar and Director of MCRC Professor Nic Jones helped to attach the last piece of steel onto roof.
Staff and sponsors were also given a tour of the new building to view the progress.
Professor Jones said: “The new research centre will make a massive difference to changing the lives of future generations affected by the disease.
“It is thrilling to see it really taking shape now and we just hope that the generous hearted people of the North West will help us to raise the remaining financial commitment needed to complete the work.
“Manchester has such an amazing legacy in cancer research. But the new centre will really put the city on the world map for helping to save lives.”
The “More Tomorrows” fundraising campaign will raise the remaining £6m needed to complete the new research centre, which will be the largest of its kind in Europe.