Stand Up to Cancer TV fundraiser nets £14.5m for Cancer Research UK

Channel 4 broadcast seven hours of programmes on Friday night, hosted by Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Dr Christian Jessen

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The Channel 4 live television fundraiser Stand Up to Cancer has raised £14.5m for Cancer Research UK, through seven hours of programmes on Friday night and various related events.

The total raised by SU2C as of the early hours of Saturday morning was £14,520,756 – significantly higher than the £8m raised in 2012, the first year of the campaign.

All money will be donated to Cancer Research UK to "help accelerate new cancer treatments to UK patients and save more lives", according to the SU2C website. The campaign was launched in the US in 2008 and from its first three biennial telethons has raised a total of more than $260m (£161m).

The charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer has also been announced as a research partner for SU2C, which will involve the breast cancer charity and CRUK combining funds for breast cancer research projects.

The TV show was hosted by Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Dr Christian Jessen. Celebrity participation included the actor Bradley Cooper, the musician Taylor Swift, the comedian Miranda Hart and the illusionist Derren Brown. One sketch involved casting for "Andy Murray the Movie", with auditionees including the golfer Rory McIlroy and the musicians Pharrell Williams and Britney Spears.

Additional fundraising events included a March on Cancer in 15 UK cities on Saturday night, and the London 3 Peaks, an abseiling, running and stair-climbing challenge involving three of the capital’s tallest buildings.

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of CRUK, said: "I’d personally like to thank everyone who joined us to Stand Up to Cancer this year. Thanks to the generous public, we are getting ever closer to our goal of beating this disease. Your donations will fund vital research, which will turn breakthroughs in our labs into better treatments for patients sooner and help us save more lives."

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