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Public urged to join fight against cancer

Published: 17 Aug 2014 16:300 comments

PEOPLE in Berkshire are being asked to join forces and Stand Up To Cancer. The joint fundraising campaign, spearheaded by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, aims to raise cash to fund vital research which will get new and better treatments to cancer patients faster.

About five people are diagnosed with cancer every hour in the South East and, by joining Stand Up To Cancer, supporters in the region will be uniting with doctors, nurses, scientists and celebrities to generate funds, raise awareness and stamp out cancer for good.

Helen Johnstone, Cancer Research UK’s spokesman for Berkshire, said: “Thanks to the incredible progress that’s been made in the last 40 years, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.

“In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled — today half will survive. But we can’t afford to stand still. Stand Up To Cancer is our chance to make history and we hope everyone across Berkshire will join us.”

Fundraising events will take place across the country, before the campaign culminates in a live television show on Friday, October 17, hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen.

The campaign has raised more than £8 million since it launched in 2012 and Cancer Research UK is urging everyone in Berkshire to stand up and do something to help raise money at work, school or home. A free fundraising kit is available to help spark creative ideas and provide support tools.

People can also register now to take part in the ‘March On Cancer’ events taking place across the UK on Saturday, October 11.

Ms Johnstone added: “This is the first year we are holding our new March On Cancer events, which are open to everyone — adults and children.”

For more information and to get involved visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk

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