YouTube blogger and presenter Doug Armstrong braved the streets of London in his pants yesterday to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer in tribute to his dad and nan.
It means so much to me to be supporting Stand Up To Cancer. Cancer is such a horrible thing and one in two people will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lives. I wanted to do something fun and silly which is why I decided to walk around London in my underwear.I’d expected to get some funny looks but I wasn’t prepared for the incredible support from passersby and I’d like to thank everyone who cheered me on and sponsored me.” – Doug Armstrong
The 24-year-old blogger and presenter walked one minute for every £5 his fans donated to Cancer Research UK and Channel 4’s joint fundraising campaign.
Starting at Leicester Square, his route took him through Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Soho and Covent Garden before ending at Waterloo, raising more than £1,700 to accelerate progress in life-saving research.
Doug, who lives in Putney, battled the autumn rain wearing nothing but boxers and some body paint in memory of his dad Tom who died three months ago of kidney cancer and his nan who also passed away last year. Originally from East Sussex, Doug attended Ardingly College and Central Sussex College.
“The weird thing is I feel I handled the first couple of weeks after Dad’s death well – if not too well. The longer it has been the more upset I have got. There have always been times like when I was at university when I didn’t see him for a couple of months. But now it has got to that point when I should have seen him. The grief just hits in waves and I’m never sure when to expect it. Our family of four is now a family of three which feels weird. I wish he was still here.” – Doug Armstrong
To donate to Doug’s challenge and watch his moving video about losing his father please visit his website here. Doug’s challenge is part of Stand Up To Cancer with YouTube, a campaign to complete 1,000 hours of fundraising. Culminating in a live-streamed event on Saturday 15th October, all the money raised will go directly to ground breaking cancer research.
“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.” – Doug Armstrong