Stars sup­port cancer ap­peal

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

CELEBRI­TIES, FOOT­BALLERS and politi­cians have helped a south Wales fam­ily to raise thou­sands of pounds for a cancer char­ity.

The Can­tor fam­ily wanted to give some­thing back to the Velin­dre cen­tre, which has helped treat 27-year-old Jus­tine Can­tor af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with melanoma.

I t pro­vides ser­vices for 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple and is one of the largest c e n t r e s i n Bri­tain.

J ust i ne’ s sis­ter Natas h a l a s t w e e k launched an on­line c a m - paign t o en­cour­age fam­ily and friends to make do­na­tions. Their ef­forts re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant boost when brother El­liott turned to Twit­ter to en­cour­age fur­ther sup­port. He asked dozens of ac­tors, mu­si­cians a n d s p o r t i n g stars to for­ward the link to the do­na­tion page to their fans — and golfer Nick Faldo, Con­ser­va­tive MP Louise Mensch, Cardiff City Foot­ball Club and Amer­i­can-Jewish wrestler Bill Goldberg were among those who did.

In­ter Mi­lan and Hol­land foot­baller Wes­ley Snei­jder sent the mes­sage to his 185,000-plus fol­low­ers, at­tract­ing do­na­tions from as far afield as Ja­pan.

The cam­paign raised £2,000 in its first 24 hours and had reached more than £3,300 by Mon­day. “Orig­i­nally we planned to raise £1,000, but my friends said we would be able to col­lect more than that,” Natasha said.

“We have had a great re­sponse.

“There is a Jewish con­cept that by giv­ing to char­ity each per­son can help to give Jus­tine the strength to fight this evil disease.”

El­liott added that the re­sponse had “put a smile on Jus­tine’s face”. http://www.just­giv­ing.com/ Natasha-Freiberger

Louise Mensch and Wes­ley Snei­jder are back­ing the

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