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Yorkshire-born Downton Abbey star lends voice to charity campaign

The voice of Downton Abbey star Jim Carter features in a new television advert created to help raise vital funds for life-saving cancer research in Yorkshire.

The Harrogate-born actor was happy to support Yorkshire Cancer Research’s latest fundraising campaign after learning of the charity’s plans to launch a new fitness and wellbeing service for people with cancer in his hometown.

The Yorkshire Cancer Research Centre at Hornbeam Park will be home to Active Together, a programme offering free fitness, nutrition and wellbeing support delivered by specialists to help people with cancer respond to and recover from treatment.

Research has shown that regular activity during and after cancer treatment can lead to increased survival, improved recovery, and help reduce the risk of cancer coming back.

Having been born and raised in Harrogate, I’m delighted that Yorkshire Cancer Research will be launching its new centre here.

It is fantastic to think of all of the cancer patients in North and West Yorkshire who will benefit from the exercise and wellbeing support services offered at the new centre.”

Head shot of the actor Jim Carter

Every 17 minutes someone in Yorkshire is told they have cancer. As well as delivering services like Active Together, the charity is committed to funding experts and world-leading researchers who pioneer early cancer diagnosis and discover new and better treatments for people with cancer.

Jim continued: “People in Yorkshire deserve to live longer, healthy lives free from cancer, and I am happy to support Yorkshire Cancer Research in its mission to make that a reality.”

Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research said: “We are immensely grateful to have the support of such a well-known Yorkshire voice for our latest campaign. Through Active Together, our aim is to improve treatment for people with cancer today, while helping to shape future cancer care in Yorkshire and beyond. With just a small gift each month, our supporters can continue to give hope to more people and their families in our region.”

The advert will be broadcast across Yorkshire from Monday, 9th October to Sunday, 19th November on ITV Yorkshire, Sky and Channel 4 video-on-demand. 


Nikki Brady, PR Manager

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Tel: 07814 255159