Dozens of the UK’s leading cancer charities have banded together this World Cancer Day (Tuesday 4 February) and unveiled a heart-warming short film in a bid to raise awareness of cancer and to provide support to everyone affected by the disease.
The uplifting film called ‘Standing Together’ sees leaders and representative from 17 organisations from across the country reading aloud a moving poem written by the founder of Cancer Central – a digital platform offering cancer support for those affected and their loved ones.
Cancer organisations ‘Standing Together’ include – ABC Diagnosis, Anthony Nolan, Bowel Cancer UK, Breast Cancer Now, Cancer Care Map, Cancer Central, Cancer on Board, CancerPal, Duffus Cancer Foundation, Lymphoma Outloud, Met UP UK, Mummy’s Star, SimPal, Teenage Cancer Trust, World Child Cancer, Worldwide Cancer Research, Youth Cancer Trust.
The emotional poem was written by Avril Chester – Founder and CEO of the organisers of the event, Cancer Central. A growing not-for-profit digital platform that allows people living with or caring for others living with cancer find vital information and support at times of need.
“I wanted to bring cancer charities together to help make something special for everyone affected by cancer. When you are diagnosed with cancer, you often lose hope; you’re scared and can feel alone.
“But there are so many amazing organisations out there who provide incredible support and help, bringing 17 of them together to give a voice to hope – and the future – means so much to so many. ‘Standing Together’ is an important film that I hope resonates with those who watch it and offers some support to those in need of it right now.
“I’m urging people to watch and share this video on World Cancer Day to let people know they’re not alone, and that by ‘Standing Together’ we can do more to support everyone who needs it.”Avril Chester – Founder and CEO of Cancer Central
The poem touches on being united together and that this friendship between charities is something cancer cannot destroy. The video filmed and edited by the NHS Digital team based in London.
For more information about Cancer Central, or to find out more about the campaign and the charities involved, please visit www.cancercentral.org.uk.