A Lichfield charity worker is urging people to sign up to a campaign raising cash to fight cancer.

The Stand Up To Cancer campaign, run by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, aims to raise vital funds for research.

The appeal will culminate on October 17 with a live TV fundraiser hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and celebrity doctor Christian Jessen.

Paul Young

The charity’s Midlands press officer, Paula Young, from Fradley, has pledged to stand up all day in the run up to the event and has urged everyone in Lichfield to join her by getting involved in whatever way they can.

“I work with many amazing cancer patients across Lichfield to promote the work of Cancer Research UK,” said Paula, a mum of two who is being sponsored to stand up all day in bright orange Wellington boots.

“The fact that many of them are survivors is testament to the real difference research can make and the importance of continuing to fund it.

“Sadly not every patient I meet survives cancer. That’s why I want to do all I can to get everyone in Lichfield to Stand Up To Cancer right now.

“I’ll be standing up all day come rain or shine to do my bit and I’m looking forward to seeing all the different ways supporters will be making their own stand.

“We need to fight back by raising money so that brilliant research can be translated into treatments which will help patients faster.

“We have the technology and the knowledge to conquer cancer – we just need the funds to turn it into real-life treatments.”

Stand Up To Cancer took place for the first time in the UK in 2012 and raised over £8 million for ground-breaking research.

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

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