Charity: Celebs back ‘kiss of life’ cancer campaign

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A host of celebrities have puckered up in support of The Eve Appeal’s kiss of life campaign in September – the first ever Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

Stars including Jo Brand, Rupert Grint, Dannii Minogue, Jenny Éclair, Helen Lederer, Matt Baker, Donna Air, Lorraine Kelly, Sharon Maughan, Trevor Eve, Kay Burley and Yvie Burnett have all donned their favourite red lipstick and sent a ‘kiss’ to encourage women to get involved.

18,000 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer in the UKevery year and of these women, 7,500 will die. The Eve Appeal, the only national charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness of all gynaecological cancers, is launching a new annual campaign with ‘a touch of red’ theme.

The focus of this year’s campaign, the kiss of life, aims to collect 7,500 ‘kisses’ – one for every woman lost to gynaecological cancer each year in the UK.

There are opportunities for everyone to join our celebrity supporters and get involved in the campaign:

Text EVE to 70800 for a link to download our free iPhone app to send kisses to family and friends. (£1 per kiss)

Free download of the kiss of life iPhone app from The App Store (£1 per kiss)

Upload a photo of your own kiss or chose a pre-set kiss image to send to a loved one via www.gcam11.org.uk (£1 per upload)

Put on your favourite lipstick and kiss a card (available from 020 7299 4430 or www.gcam11.org.uk) and post to The Eve Appeal for a minimum donation of £2. The charity will upload the card to the website

Text KISS11 £2 to 70070 to donate

All above details and instructions can be found on the www.gcam11.org.uk home page.

Public knowledge of gynaecological cancers is woefully low and there also remains a strong embarrassment factor associated with all matters ‘down below’ with one in four women finding talking about gynaecological symptoms embarrassing even with friends and family.

Robert Marsh of The Eve Appeal said: “We are so grateful to all our celebrity friends who have supported this campaign. We know that earlier diagnosis of gynaecological cancers can help save lives so we hope that through the kiss of life campaign we can make more women aware of the signs and symptoms of this dreadful set of diseases and raise much needed funds for this vital research.”

The Eve Appeal website contains valuable information to inform and educate women about the signs and symptoms to look out for.