A SOUTH SHIELDS charity worker is urging everyone to follow in her footsteps and Stand Up To Cancer.
Becky Lomax, 38, Cancer Research UK’s regional manager for the North East, is encouraging everyone to literally stand up and get sponsored on Friday, October 18, to raise cash and help accelerate ground-breaking research into the disease.
Supporters can choose exactly how, when and where they make their stand.
They might opt for endurance standing, by staying upright for the full 24 hours, or extreme standing – choosing a weird and wonderful location, like a bath of baked beans or on top of a mountain.
Alternatively, they could rise to the occasion by going for fancy footwear and swapping stilettos for flippers in the office.
Becky is passionate about getting men, women and children to stand up and raise funds for life-saving research into the devastating disease.
Participants even get a Stand Up To Cancer T-shirt and ‘bum badge’, which highlights why the wearer refuses to sit down.
Becky said: “Most of us know people whose lives have been touched by the disease, and this is an opportunity to make a stand and to help more people survive cancer. We are calling on everyone in the North East to unite with people across the UK and Stand Up To Cancer on October 18.
“Thanks to research, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. But there’s still so much more to do. It’s not technology or knowledge that is holding back our fight against cancer – it’s funding.”
Last year, Stand Up To Cancer raised a staggering £8m.
Two people are diagnosed with cancer every hour in the North East.
Becky added: “You can make your stand as easy or challenging as you like. It’s a great opportunity to indulge your imagination or test your stamina.
“However you plan your stand, the key thing is to have fun and join the day of mass action to strike at the core of cancer.”
A free fundraising kit is available, with great ideas on how to raise money at home or at work. People can also buy pin badges for £1 from local Cancer Research UK shops and wristbands, in four different colours, for just 99p.
A wide range of clothing and accessories, including T-shirts, is also available online at standuptocancer.org.uk
Comedian Alan Carr, who is supporting Stand Up To Cancer, said: “I know all too well how devastating this disease is for families everywhere and I’m asking everyone across the UK to join me and make a stand.
“There are so many ways you can get involved, with friends, family and workmates. So, don’t sit on your butts! Stand Up!”
For more information go to standuptocancer.org.uk