TV stars raise £6m for cancer charities

A host of TV stars including Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Gok Wan joined forces on Channel 4 on Friday night to raise over £6m for cancer research charities

The channel teamed up with Cancer Research to present Stand Up To Cancer, urging the nation to donate in a bid to move closer to the day when all forms of the disease are cured.

And the night raised £6,483,995 as Alan, Davina and co-host Dr Christian Jessen made appeals for donations in between appearances from a string of famous faces.

Among those performing on the night were Leona Lewis and Cheryl Cole – although the latter came a cropper when her microphone failed during her performance of Call My Name.

The singer was given a consoling hug by Davina afterwards while a Channel 4 spokesman apologised for the mistake.

“Unfortunately, with the nature of live TV, you sometimes have glitches and this was the case with Cheryl’s mic in the opening number and was rectified as soon as possible,” he said.

Other highlights of the evening included a celebrity version of Davina’s show Million Pound Drop, which featured the likes of comedian Jack Whitehall and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, while actor Chris O’Dowd and his wife Dawn Porter took part in a daring trick orchestrated by magician Derren Brown.

Meanwhile Boardwalk Empire actor Stephen Graham showed off his breakdancing skills, while Gok Wan appeared in a sequence featuring supermodel Heidi Klum.

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