Emmerdale stars back cancer lifeline

These Emmerdale stars are backing a new drive to give a financial lifeline to cancer patients in Leeds – and they want you to join them.

Today we launch the Yorkshire Evening Post Macmillan Cancer Support Centenary Appeal to raise 35,000.

The YEP has teamed up with Macmillan during the charity's 100th year to help at least 100 families affected by cancer.

As well as the emotional impact of being diagnosed with the disease, there is often a major impact on finances which can add to families' stress.

Macmillan gives grants to help ease these pressures and in 2009, handed out 3.5m nationally and 110,000 in Leeds. As the average grant is 350, our appeal could assist 100 cancer patients in the city.

Danny Miller, who plays Aaron Livesey in Emmerdale, said: "I'm delighted to support the Centenary Appeal.

"I've been affected by cancer – the majority of us know someone who has been – and Macmillan does a fantastic job helping people through their wonderful nurses and medical professionals and in so many other ways.

"The grants Macmillan provide enable people living with cancer to regain some normality and dignity in their life. I would encourage everyone in Leeds to get behind the appeal and raise money."

Jamie Strachan, Macmillan fundraising manager for Leeds, added: "We are delighted to be teaming up with the YEP for this appeal celebrating our centenary.

"One hundred years ago our founder Douglas Macmillan started our organisation by giving coal to people with cancer to help them heat their homes and 100 years later we are still helping improve the lives of people living with, and affected by, cancer.

"Money raised will help make their and their families' lives a little easier, such as enabling them to keep their homes warm enough when they may feel the cold more, providing a blender so they can still have a family meal together or to assist with the costs of getting to hospital for treatment.

"By supporting this appeal, Macmillan will be able to give a financial lifeline to those with cancer. We hope everyone in Leeds will get behind the fundraising."

The grants are one-off payments to cover practical needs which Government benefits will not stretch to.

YEP editor Paul Napier said: "People with cancer can suddenly be faced with practical difficulties at a time when they are also often going through gruelling treatment.

"By holding a fundraising event or making a donation, you will help Macmillan to make their lives more comfortable. I know our readers are incredibly generous and hope they will give their full support to this very worthy cause."

To support the appeal, fill in the registration form and return it to Jamie Strachan, Unit 3, Silkwood Court, Ossett, Wakefield, WF5 9TP, or contact 01924 232442.

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