Gwyneth Paltrow remembers late father at ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ launch

11:30 25 September 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured at an earlier event) was emotional at the launch of a charity fundraiser last night.

Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured at an earlier event) was emotional at the launch of a charity fundraiser last night.

Archant

Gwyneth Paltrow wept as she spoke about her late father Bruce Paltrow when she launched a charity cancer fundraiser yesterday.

The Oscar-winning actress and wife of Coldplay singer Chris Martin, wants people to “fight back” and is backing the ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ campaign, which aims to raise funds for clinical research.

Bruce lost his battle against the disease in 2002.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign in London, the Iron Man star said: “Cancer claims the lives of eight million men, women and children worldwide every year.

“I lost my father in 2002 and I am all too aware of the impact this disease has on a family.

“We have the power to make cancer powerless and perhaps even end it but it takes research and that requires funding.

“Cancer has taken some of the best among us and it is time for us all to stand up and fight back. I am so proud to be standing up to cancer for my dad.”

The week-long initiative - which has been established in America for four years - will culminate in a live UK TV fundraising event on Channel 4 on October 19, which will feature a host of stars urging the public to donate money and raise funds.

Comedian Alan Carr, who is hosting the event, said: “Like so many people I have seen how destructive the big ‘C’ is. “I’ve already lost two people this year to cancer and my friend was diagnosed with throat cancer and next week is having their voice box removed and won’t speak again.”

Among the celebrities expected to be involved are Ricky Gervais, Peter Andre and breast cancer survivor Kylie Minogue.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Call centre worker Stevi Ritchie was voted off X Factor tonight, leaving only five acts remaining.

Read more

Barry’s face caught the attention of the Twittersphere during Sunday night’s Strictly.

Read more

Steve said he’ll be gutted not to be a part of Strictly next week.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Top Stories

Quizzes

Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more
How well do you know Shoreditch? (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

From ancient Roman burial ground to bearded hipsters Shoreditch has always had a lot going on. Prove you know more about it than anyone else by taking our quiz:

Read more
Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more