Wigan couples reveal bad habits in new film hoping to make a difference
Two Wigan cancer survivors will have their most annoying habits exposed on national television.
Sue Cook and husband George, together with Daniel Anders and his fiancé Adam Holmes, appear in a short film to be broadcast tomorrow ahead of the first episode of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer.
It sees the couples, along with other people across the UK, share their loved-ones’ most irritating faults – all in support of the campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.
Irritations include Sue binge-eating popcorn, banging doors open and switching the lights on while George is trying to sleep.
Daniel bugs Adam by insisting on using correctly branded recyclable bags in supermarkets and being a nervous car passenger.
The light-hearted look at the annoyances is something everyone can relate to, especially during lockdown.
But the film packs a powerful punch when it is revealed the targets of the venting are each cancer survivors and so their nearest and dearest will forgive them for anything.
Daniel, who was brought up in Ashton, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2012, aged 23.
He had chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and made a good recovery, being given the all-clear in 2013.
Daniel, 32, said: “Being diagnosed with cancer when I was young was a huge shock, but I am fortunate that the treatment was so effective and I am here now to tell the tale and share my life with Adam.”
Sue, from Wrightington, was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of breast cancer in 2008.
A former head of art at Winstanley College, she was treated with chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and was given the drug Herceptin for six months. She has also taken Tamoxifen for 11 years.
Sue said: “People are getting on each others’ nerves the length and breadth of the UK right now with lockdown, but my cancer experience has taught George and I that none of that matters. I hope that people in Wigan will take this lovely film to heart and get involved so that patients and survivors like me can keep annoying their loved ones for many more years to come.”
Foodies and fund-raisers can support the charity’s work by downloading a Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off kit at su2c.org.uk/bake-off
The film airs on Channel 4 at 7.55pm on Tuesday and will be available via All 4.
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