Channel 4 soap stars have been ditching The Dog pub in Hollyoaks for the kitchen in a quest to get the UK raising funds for Stand Up To Cancer this October.
“The Hollyoaks cast know how to have fun – and they also know how to fundraise! It’s great to have them behind Stand Up To Cancer and just goes to show that you don’t need to scale a mountain or jump out of an aeroplane to make a difference. We hope this inspires the nation to join the stars and help us raise as much money as possible to fund research that gets new treatments to patients faster.” – Claire Rowney, director of Stand Up To Cancer UK
The cast of Hollyoaks, which included Kieron Richardson, Anna Passey and Alex Fletcher, got together for an on-set bake sale in the Hutch to encourage people to raise as much money as possible for vital research. Running throughout October, Stand Up To Cancer is a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that raises money to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives.
As well as several fundraising events throughout the month – including ‘London 3 Peaks’ and ‘YouTube Stands Up To Cancer’ – Channel 4 is running special programming for Stand Up To Cancer, such as a celebrity episode of the hit show First Dates, as well as Stand Up To Cancer specials from Alan Carr: Chatty Man, Gogglebox and The Last Leg.
The innocent bake sale descended into chaos, with Tamara Wall kicking off the food fight after cheekily planting a cream cake in Nadine Mulkerrin’s face.
“We’re Standing Up To Cancer because it’s something that touches the lives of almost everyone at some point and we want to play a part in beating it sooner. It’s so easy to get involved and help make a difference and as our bake sale shows, it can be great fun when you rope your mates in too.We hope others feel inspired to get their hands dirty and take on a challenge – no matter how big or small – to raise money this October.” – Kieron Richardson, who plays Ste Hay in the teen-aimed soap
Launched in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer’s fundraising total has so far reached over £23.8m to fund clinical trials across the UK.
To find out how to get involved, visit standuptocancer.org.uk