Hundreds of people in Northamptonshire have signed up for the BBQ for Cancer Research UK weekend later this month.
Fund-raisers are being urged to “get their grill on” over the weekend of July 19 and 20 to raise money by asking guests to make a donation to attend a barbecue get-together.
Paula Young, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Northamptonshire, said: “We’re delighted that so many people are getting ready to fire up the barbie for Cancer Research UK. And there’s still time for even more BBQ enthusiasts to sign up! We’re urging gourmet grillers across the region to pick up their BBQ prongs and get involved.
“We’re calling on our brilliant BBQ hosts in Northampton to rally their friends and family and make our Big BBQ Weekend one to remember. By joining a nation of BBQ’ers turning up the heat on cancer, they will help us to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
“Whether you’re BBQ-ing for five or 50 people, every pound donated will help us to fund life-saving research into all 200 types of cancer. So this July, come rain or shine, become a BBQ hero for Cancer Research UK and tell cancer to burger off,” she added.
Every day, 66 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East Midlands region. Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding but with help from volunteers the charity is fighting the disease on all fronts.
A spokesman said: “Cancer Research UK’s BBQ pack contains everything supporters need to plan their perfect BBQ, including an exclusive ‘BBQ hero’ chef’s hat, recipe ideas, top tips, decorations, posters and much more. Event hosts can simply collect donations upfront from friends and family or on the day of their BBQ.”
To sign up to be a BBQ hero and get a free BBQ pack, visit www.cruk.org/BBQ