On Friday 17th October 2014 stars from TV, Fashion, Music, Sport and Film came together for Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK.
The live TV fundraiser on Channel 4 reunited hosts Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Dr Christian Jessen. The campaign has raised an incredible £14,520,756 so far in 2014, for research into cancer which will help accelerate new cancer treatments to UK patients and save more lives.
#standuptocancer and #SU2C trended all night on 17th October on Twitter, with over 125,000 mentions, and one Facebook post about brave cancer patient Lloyd reached over 1.6 million Facebook users, had 44,000 likes and 3,700 shares.
Dr Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research UK said “Friday night was the culmination of an amazing campaign that has seen the nation come together to turn the tables on cancer. I’d personally like to thank everyone who joined us to Stand Up To Cancer this year – through contributing on the night, watching the show, buying our merchandise, taking part in our events and fundraising for us over the past few months. Thanks to the generous public, we are getting ever closer to our goal of beating this disease. Your donations will fund vital research which will turn breakthroughs in our labs into better treatments for patients sooner and help us save more lives.”
When all donations are in, Cancer Research UK will begin the process of assessing the research proposals received, and the task of allocating the funds raised to new clinical trials, which will help turn breakthroughs in the labs to breakthroughs in hospitals.