14 November 2014
This Monday (17 November) Macmillan Cancer Support launches the 2014 Christmas appeal television advert featuring the late Lynda Bellingham, a long-standing ambassador for the charity. Lynda narrates the advert which encourages people to remember loved ones who have died of cancer and donate to Macmillan to help ensure no one faces cancer alone, especially at Christmas.
The advert shows several people who have been affected by cancer in their homes at Christmas each reciting a line of the child’s nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle. Lynda then says that losing a loved one to cancer is one of the toughest things that a family can go through and it can be especially difficult at Christmas. Viewers are asked to support Macmillan by calling or texting to donate £5. Macmillan will send donors a star-shaped photo frame ornament to thank them for their support.
Lynda recorded the voice-over before her death and her family have kindly given permission for the advert to air as originally planned. Lynda’s husband Michael Pattemore said:
“Lynda wanted to help other people whohave been affected by cancer. She would be happy to know that her legacy continues through this Macmillan advert, especially at Christmas which was her favourite time of year. Lynda had a Macmillan nurse throughout her treatmentwhich was a great comfort and support for us all at such a difficult time and we are extremely grateful for this.”
Simon Philips, Director of Fundraisingat Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“We are extremely grateful to Lyndaand her family for their long standing support. We believe that Lynda’s legacy lives on through this advert and will help many more people affected by cancer this Christmas and in the future. There are currently 2 million people living with cancer in the UK with this figure set to double by 2030. We want to thank everyone who donates to Macmillan this Christmas and helps us to raise vital funds to support the people who need us.”
The advert launches on Monday 17thNovember, and will run until 17th December nationwide.
To view the advert please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE0_uRNvT7Y
For further information, please contact:
Gabrielle Taylor, Senior Press Officer – 0207 091 2063 / GTaylor@macmillan.org.uk
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning or the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 03001000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk