A PRESTWICH prostate cancer survivor is urging people to support an appeal to help rebuild the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute building which was destroyed in a blaze.

Mike Thorpe, aged 59, has directly benefitted from a Cancer Research UK-funded clinical trial during successful treatment at The Christie in 2014.

An investigation has been launched into cause of the fire, which started in the roof of the research centre shortly after 10am on April 26. More than 100 firefighters and 16 fire engines tackled the blaze at the Paterson building in south Manchester.

Mr Thorpe now volunteers as a patient representative in Manchester helping to shape future cancer research and has visited and met scientists at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute on many occasions.

He said: “I’m a regular visitor at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute and someone who has directed benefitted from a Cancer Research UK-funded clinical trial during my treatment for prostate cancer in 2014.

“Every bit of treatment that we have as cancer patients has all been researched and trialled. Manchester is such a pioneering place.

"As a patient treated at The Christie who has gone on to work with Cancer Research UK seeing the news of the fire was heart-breaking.

“If anyone can support the appeal to help get scientists back up and running as soon as possible then I’d encourage them to donate now.

“Cancer affects so many people and the work being done in Manchester is truly world-leading.”

To support the appeal, go to justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cancerresearchuk/crukmanchesterinstitute