Isle of Wight resident – and Calendar Girls star Celia Imrie – has joined forces with some famous faces for this year’s Stand Up To Cancer.
The actress, who lives in Cowes, features in a short film shot by Ridley Scott Associates.
Hampshire’s very own Martin Freeman also makes an appearance alongside Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey and Harry Potter actor Tom Felton.
Marking the return of the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, the film depicts the stars channelling the relentless, unforgiving and unpredictable behaviours of cancer to beat it at its own game.
The film, set to launch in cinemas from Friday (11), opens with Martin Freeman tirelessly swotting up on fundraising ideas late into the night.
As the camera then cuts from one celeb to the next we see Celia Imrie remembering a lost loved one, Joe Dempsie and Nina Sosanya pummelling boxing pads.
Celia Imrie said:
“So many of us have seen a family member or friend affected by this unforgiving
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime which is why Stand Up To Cancer’s work to develop new treatments is so important.”
Martin Freeman, who was born in Aldershot, added:
“Stand Up To Cancer is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the tireless work that is being carried out by scientists across the UK every day.
“Research is the key to making progress, and the sooner we fund more research, the sooner we can find better treatments and cures. No one should have to go through the pain cancer brings.”
The Stand Up To Cancer campaign will continue throughout October.
For those inspired by the Ridley Scott Associates film there are lots of easy ways to get involved from fancy dress, to organising a feast for friends or taking on a gaming challenge.
There is more than one way to make a difference. For more information visit su2c.org.uk.