A ‘Golden age’ for research

Rachel Speight-McGregor
Rachel Speight-McGregor
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A Scarborough fundraiser has signed up to locally support a national campaign created to help fight cancer.

The Stand Up To Cancer scheme has been launched by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 in a bit to unite scientists, celebrities and communities to generate funds and raise awareness.

After signign up Rachel Speight-McGregor, Cancer Research UK area volunteer manager for Scarborough, is urging men, women and children in the region to raise funds for research into the disease.

Ms Speight-McGregor, 42, said: “We are calling on everyone in the region to follow our lead and Stand Up To Cancer.

“Most of us know people whose lives have been touched by the disease. This is an opportunity to join the fight and make a stand, to help more people survive.”

And Ms Speight-McGregor has her own reason to Stand Up To Cancer. She added; “I’ve lost five close members of my family in recent years.

“I watched my Auntie Janet fight secondary breast cancer during 2010, which she sadly lost in December that year.

“I will be Standing Up to Cancer for my Auntie Janet and all those other people I come across on a daily basis who have been hit by this terrible disease.

“Research is the only way we can beat cancer and I’ll be Standing Up To Cancer by knitting and collecting in hundreds of scarves to sell on Friday 19 October.”

A free fundraising pack is available for those wanting to get involved, with local Cancer Research UK shops stocking a wide range of Stand Up for Cancer accessories including t-shirts and hoodies for both men and women, watches, mubs and keyrings.

A host of stars from television, music and film are already supporting Stand Up To Cancer including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr. Christian Jessen.

In October, Channel 4’s on-air season will build over a whole week culminating in a live fundraising entertainment extravaganza on Friday, October 19.

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