Sunderland cheerleading troupe get their poms poms in a twist for national charity

Members of Sunderland Star cheerleaders doing the Crazy Legs challenge
Members of Sunderland Star cheerleaders doing the Crazy Legs challenge
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A high-kicking cheerleading troupe are giving fundraising a leg up.

Sunderland Star, based at Sunderland University, leapt at the chance to help raise money for the Stand Up to Cancer campaign.

As part of the Crazy Legs challenge, to wear something ridiculous on your bottom half, they donned bright stripy tights to perform their routine.

Natalie Gray, 19, the president of Sunderland Star cheerleading, said: “We’re not shy at getting dressed up for charity and we’ve really enjoyed pulling on the outfits to support this great cause.  

The Crazy Legs challenge is a fun and simple way to support Stand Up To Cancer and help raise money to fund research that saves lives.

“Many members of our cheerleading troupe, including myself, have friends and family who have been affected by cancer, so this is a cause close to our hearts.  

“We’re determined to do all that we can to help beat this devastating disease.”

Natalie’s grandad Eddie Harper died of cancer in 2013 after a battle with the disease.

She said: “Me and my grandad were so close. I would go and visit him at the RVI in Newcastle and would sit up all night with him to make sure he knew he wasn’t alone and to savour every moment I could with him.

“But sadly there wasn’t anything that could be done as the cancer had already spread. It was devastating to lose him, so anything I can do to help others try to beat this cruel disease is well worth it.”

A joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4, Stand Up To Cancer aims to raise money to fund vital research which will get new and better treatments to cancer patients.