Niall Horan supports Stand Up to Cancer
October 21st, 2016: Niall Horan sat together with Olly Murs on the couch of Googlebox Celebrity special edition dedicated to Stand Up to Cancer. Googlebox is a UK television show in which couples and families around the country are filmed while watching television.
This particular episode of Googlebox combines 2 elements: celebrities and the airing of stories of families that have suffered losses due to cancer. These stories are intermitted with other television shows and are commented by the celebrities. In addition to Niall and Olly, the episode featured other regular Gogglebox households, including retired couple Leon and June, hairdressers Christopher and Stephen and Derby family the Siddiquis. The goal of this special Googlebox episode is to raise funds for cancer research. In recent years other celebrities such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Noel Gallagher, Geri Horner and Boy George have also participated to Celebrity Gogglebox Stand Up to Cancer.
Stand Up to Cancer was launched in 2012 as a collaboration between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. It is a campaign with the goal of raising funds for cancer research with particular emphasis on clinical research and on accelerating new cancer treatments and tests for UK patients. Since its inception Stand Up to Cancer has raised 25 million pounds, which funded over 30 clinical trials with more than 9000 patients participating. This is shared from the Stand Up to Cancer Website: “SU2C brings together the best and the brightest researchers and mandates collaboration among the cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C has set out to generate awareness, educate the public on cancer prevention and help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.” Read the entire mission statement here.
Sadly, this was the first year that Celebrity Gogglebox aired without the narration of Caroline Aherne. Caroline was a British comedian who had narrated the show in previous years and who passed away from cancer in July . The show was dedicated to her.
Niall commented on the show:
‘Olly and I had a great laugh filming Gogglebox and hope that we can raise as much as possible for such a great cause.’ ‘With every penny raised going towards finding cures for cancer, we’re honoured to be a part of Stand Up to Cancer’s fundraising this year.’
This is one of the stories aired during Celebrity Googlebox, here is Mark’s story: