Focus: Fundraising - Me and my charity

Chucky Venice stars in Footballers' Wives, which returns to ITV next week. He has also appeared in Dream Team and Holby City. He approached the Breast Cancer Campaign two years ago and offered to help the charity

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THE BREAST CANCER CAMPAIGN?

I approached them about two years ago and asked if there was anything I could do. A number of things inspired me to offer help - I had a testicular cancer scare myself, so I could empathise with the anguish people feel when they are going through something like that.

I have four sisters and, although nobody in my family has had breast cancer, it could easily happen - breast cancer doesn't discriminate. It can happen to anyone, regardless of their age or background.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE CHARITY?

I have mainly been involved in fundraising activities, such as interviews on MTV's Total Request Live to promote the Wear It Pink day. I have also done a number of interviews on Choice FM and supported the Hydro Active Women's Challenge in Hyde Park.

When I give interviews, the message I always try to get across is that it's really important to seek medical help if you think you might have found a lump.

When I had my scare, I kept trying to ignore it and hoped it would just go away, so I know that sometimes fear stops you from seeking help. But it is crucial to get the right help at the earliest possible stage.

HAVE YOU BEEN APPROACHED BY OTHER CHARITIES?

No, but I took the decision before I was famous that if I was ever in a position where I was able to use my profile to help make a positive difference, I would. That's why I approached the Breast Cancer Campaign. I think celebrities have a responsibility to give something back.

DO YOU SUPPORT ANY OTHER CHARITIES?

Yes. I'm running the London Marathon for the Anthony Nolan Trust. I would also really like to get involved with an Aids charity because it's an issue I feel really passionate about. I know so many people who are really promiscuous and just think it will never happen to them.

I think it's better to focus on just a couple of charities you are really passionate about.

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