Former Mayfield student is advert star

Camilla taking part in Cancer Research UK's new advertising campaign September 2012.
Camilla taking part in Cancer Research UK's new advertising campaign September 2012.
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FORMER ST LEONARDS-MAYFIELD student Camilla Hickish is playing a starring role in Cancer Research UK’s national campaign to launch its new identity and inspire people to raise money and save lives.

Cancer survivor Camilla, 18, who lives in Hailsham is appearing in adverts across the UK now as well as featuring on posters in her local Cancer Research UK shop.

Camilla, along with fellow cancer survivors, supporters and staff, appears in the big, multicoloured image of the ‘C’ at the start of the charity’s dynamic new logo.

By creating the ‘C’ from pictures of inspirational people like Camilla, the campaign symbolises the collective force which lies behind Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

With the rallying cry “United we are stronger than cancer” it highlights the charity’s ambition to bring people together to break down cancer.

The bold ads urge the public to “join the fight” against cancer to help more people like Camilla survive.

Camilla who starts at Bristol University to study medicine this term is proud to herald in a new era for the charity and help highlight that more money is needed so more lives can be saved.

She earned her university place under extraordinary circumstances – she got ten straight A-star grades in her GCSE exams while still undergoing radiotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She even took some of her exams in hospital so she could cope with the debilitating treatment.

Camilla did equally well in her A levels – three A grades. Her career goal is to qualify as a doctor and work in oncology – the branch of medicine devoted to cancer.

Camilla said: “It’s thanks to research that I am still here. I am so grateful for the treatment that saved my life. Success stories like mine would not be possible without the work of Cancer Research UK.”

This summer Camilla was the guest of honour at Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Eastbourne, taking part with her mum Kate and sisters Flora and Polly, all raising money for the charity. As the world’s leading charity dedicated to saving lives through research, Cancer Research UK’s work on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years.