Comedy star Vegas backs cancer centre bid

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Johnny Vegas with his Dad, Lol. Pic © The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Comedian Johnny Vegas is urging people to help join the Let’s Go Green campaign for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

The St Helens-born star is hoping people will ‘go green’ from Saturday February 4th as part of a £15 million appeal to help build Liverpool’s first specialist cancer hospital.

The Open All Hours and Benidorm actor’s dad, Lol Pennington, was treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Wirral. The pair know first-hand how crucial the project is in the transformation of cancer care in the region.

Johnny said: “When you hear the word cancer it takes you to a place you don’t want to go to but we are so lucky to have The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on our doorstep.

“I’m hoping everyone gets behind this campaign to raise £15 million for a brand new cancer hospital in Liverpool and it all starts by Going Green for Clatterbridge from 4-12 February.”

The new hospital in Liverpool is part of a £157 million project to transform cancer care and £8 million will be invested in The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Wirral.

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Schools and businesses are being asked to get on board by going green, in any way they can.

Suggestions include a green clothing day with a £1 donation, green bake sales or green-themed events.

Dozens of buildings and landmarks, including Liverpool Town Hall, The Central Library, and The Cunard Building, will turn green in aid of the campaign from February 6th.

Artist’s impression of the new cancer hospital. Pic © The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Katrina Bury, head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “One in two of us will develop cancer over our lifetime so this new hospital is vitally important for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire.

“We are only going to get one chance in our lifetime to build a brand new facility like this, which will transform cancer care for generations to come. We hope everyone will get behind us by going green and help to build a cancer hospital that we can all be proud of.”

People are being encouraged to show their support by tweeting with the hashtag #letsgogreen and posting pictures of their efforts. Supporters can then also text Lets194 to 70070 to donate £4.

Wirral Olympian and ‘I’m a Celebrity’ star, Samantha Quek, has also shown her support for the cause on Twitter.

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