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Stand Up To Cancer raises over 8m

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Stand Up To Cancer donation lines closed on 30 November with the final fundraising total for the campaign standing at a staggering £8m, making it the most successful charity fundraiser on UK commercial TV ever.

The campaign, a new fundraising collaboration between Cancer Research UK, Channel 4 and Stand Up to Cancer US, raises money to boost funds for collaborative cancer studies and trials to turn breakthroughs in the lab into breakthroughs in our hospitals. Stand Up To Cancer is a programme of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which began in the USA in 2008 and has raised more than $260m for cancer research.

Friday 19 October saw stars from television, music and film come together to Stand Up To Cancer with an audience reach of 7.8m. The live fundraising event was hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen and featured moving real life stories as well as appearances from celebrities including Samuel L Jackson, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Piven, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole and Heidi Klum.

Cancer Research UK has now begun the process of assessing the research proposals received and the task of allocating the funds raised to new clinical trials.

For more information about Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk, www.facebook.com/standuptocancerUK / @StandUp2C

Note to editors

  • Credit: Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising event from Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK. Standuptocancer.org.uk or channel4.co.uk/SU2C for further information.
  • Final total raised was £8,011,722.62

About Channel 4

  • Channel 4 launched on 2nd November 1982 and is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded, public service broadcaster. It receives no public funding and all profit generated by commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of Channel 4's public service remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive.
  • In addition to the main Channel 4 service, the portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4, 4Seven and 4Music, as well as an ever-growing range of online activities that includes channel4.com, Channel 4's bespoke video-on-demand service 4oD and standalone digital projects. Through its film arm Film4, Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British film making talent.
  • Channel 4 is a major investor in the UK's creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry.

About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world's leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research
  • The charity's pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1861 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

About Stand Up To Cancer (US show)

  • In 2008 SU2C launched in the USA on 3 major networks & was the first ever non-emergency fundraising event to be simultaneously broadcast across several major networks
  • SU2C is a programme of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and utilises the assets of this industry to engage the public in unique ways
  • To date over $260m has been pledged to SU2C to fund collaborative cancer research
  • The American show is a 60-minute fundraising special bringing together music, movies, TV, live music performances, comedy and live science
  • Stars such as Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, George Clooney, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Will Smith, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Rob Lowe, Scarlett Johansson, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Neil Diamond, Delta Goodrem, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Cindy Crawford, Renée Zellweger, Vanessa Hudgens and Kareem Abdul Jabbar are just some of the talent who supported Stand Up To Cancer

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