The joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, brings the UK together to raise money and since it launched in 2012 has passed the £25million milestone to fund translational research, which takes developments in the lab and transforms them into brand new tests and treatments for cancer patients.
As well as Alan Carr, Stand Up To Cancer is supported by a host of celebrities including Davina McCall and The Last Leg’s Adam Hills.
This year’s campaign culminates on Friday 21 October with a night of live TV on Channel 4, led by the brightest stars in film, TV and music.
Every day, 43 people are diagnosed with cancer in North East*. By joining Stand Up To Cancer, supporters will be joining forces with celebrities, doctors, nurses and scientists to generate funds, raise awareness and help accelerate life-saving research.
This year, there are many ways to get involved and help save lives. Cancer Research UK and Alan Carr is urging everyone across the region to take a stand and do something to help raise money at work, school or at home – from fancy dress days and sponsored silences to bake sales and open mic nights.
Alan said: “I’m Standing Up To Cancer because one in two of us in the UK will develop cancer in our lifetime, so we can’t afford to stand still. Cancer doesn’t discriminate and too many lives are cut short by this devastating disease. By raising money and awareness, we can help to fund vital research to get new and better treatments to cancer patients faster.
“That’s why I’m asking everyone to join me and Stand Up To Cancer to help transform the lives of cancer patients and their families. The time to act is now – stand up, show your support and join a collective force of millions in the fight against cancer.”
Every pound raised by Stand Up To Cancer will help to support this progress and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Lisa Millett, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the North East, said: “Our fight against cancer is at a turning point and more people in the UK are surviving than ever before.
“Stand Up To Cancer raises money to speed up breakthroughs from the petri dish to the patients who need them right now. Every day, scientists and researchers work tirelessly to beat cancer, and with the support of the people across the region, we can continue to fund ground-breaking research to help save more lives, more quickly.”
Sign up for a free fundraising pack which includes everything supporters need to spark creative ideas and help beat cancer sooner.
People can also show their support for the campaign in style as a fun range of clothing and accessories for men, women and children is available online at standuptocancer.org.uk
The range includes special edition Henry Holland designed t-shirts (£9.99) hoodies (£25) pin badges (£1) wristbands (£0.99) digital watches (£2.49) and umbrellas (£2.99).
For more information and to get involved visit standuptocancer.org.uk