Kirstie Allsopp goes the extra yard for Stand Up To Cancer

Cancer Research UK

Kirstie Allsopp welcomed people into her Devon home this weekend where she hosted her very own yard sale to inspire people to hold their own yard sale event, and to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives.

 “Having lost my mum and other family members to this dreadful disease, I wanted to do something special to support Stand Up To Cancer. I hope this inspires people to find their own exciting way to raise money for this campaign.” - Kirstie Allsopp

The sale, held in Kirstie’s garden in Devon, saw hordes of people attend to browse stalls of donated clothes, furniture and toys. Visitors could also take part in fete games, including a bouncy castle and tombola. Special treats from local cake sellers were also on offer.

Kirstie Allsopp said: “Having lost my mum and other family members to this dreadful disease, I wanted to do something special to support Stand Up To Cancer. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of things that I love but really don’t need, so it was great to find new homes for it all while raising money for a cause that’s very dear to me.  It was also a lot of fun!

“We had all kinds of treasures for sale and fun activities to make sure people had lots of opportunities to spend money! Because the more cash we raise the faster we can get cancer treatments to the people who really need them. I hope this inspires people to find their own exciting way to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.”

Items for sale at Kirstie’s yard sale included homemade cushions, children’s toys and scarves owned and worn by Kirstie’s mum, and the event raised more than £2,400.

Claire Rowney, director of Stand Up To Cancer, said: “Kirstie’s yard sale was a fantastic event and a perfect example of how fundraising can bring people together to have fun. We’re so grateful to Kirstie for her immense support, all the money raised will go towards the really vital area of research that Stand Up To Cancer funds, bringing new and kinder treatments to patients sooner.”

As part of this year’s campaign, Stand Up To Cancer is asking the public to hold their own yard sale, have a bake sale, have a day with crazy legs or take on a personal challenge to raise money and help cancer sooner.

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Notes to Editor

Note to editors

About Stand Up To Cancer (UK)

Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising event from Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK

  • 2014’s campaign raised £15,585,444.15
  • In 2014, the live fundraising event was hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen and featured celebrity interviews and moving real life stories
  • Stars such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Noel Gallagher, Nicole Scherzinger, Pharrell Williams, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson, Britney Spears, Idris Elba, Andy Murray, Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Kathy Burke, Miranda Hart, Paul O’Grady and Richard Ayoade are just some of the talent who supported Stand Up To Cancer
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About Cancer Research UK

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

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About Stand Up To Cancer (U.S. programme and show)

  • SU2C is a programme of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and utilises the assets of this industry to engage the public in unique ways
  • In 2008, SU2C launched its first national fundraising telecast in the USA on 3 major networks & was the first ever non-emergency fundraising event to be simultaneously broadcast across several major networks
  • To date, over $260m has been pledged to SU2C to fund collaborative cancer research
  • The American show is a 60-minute fundraising special bringing together music, movies, TV, live music performances, comedy and live science
  • Stars such as Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, George Clooney, Leona Lewis, Julia Roberts,, Will Smith, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Rob Lowe, Scarlett Johansson, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Neil Diamond, Delta Goodrem, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Robert Pattinson , Renée Zellweger, Vanessa Hudgens and Kareem Abdul Jabbar are just some of the talent who supported Stand Up To Cancer