Cooks urging people to Stand Up To Cancer with brunch

People across the South East are being urged to bite back at cancer by putting Sunday brunch on the menu this autumn.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 3:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 4:14 pm

An array of celebrity chefs, including Simon Rimmer, Jamie Oliver and Asma Khan, have joined forces to encourage foodies and fundraisers alike to cook up some cash for Stand Up To Cancer.

The joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 aims to get new cancer tests and treatments to people who need them the most.

Supporters are being asked to create a restaurant-style experience at home by hosting a special brunch for their household – with family or housemates donating the bill to this life-saving research.

Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer and TV presenter Tim Lovejoy are asking people to host a Sunday brunch for their household to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer’s life-saving research. Sign up at Picture credit: @nickmillwardphotography

Backed by Channel 4 show Sunday Brunch, a free fundraising kit is available online full of tips and top-notch recipes to help people turn their home into an exclusive brunch spot.

From Davina McCall’s kedgeree, to Jamie Oliver’s super spinach pancakes and Asma Khan’s courgette sabzi – there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds. Or participants can simply conjure up their own culinary creations.

Lynn Daly, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for the South East, said: “Around 51,400 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the region*. It can affect anyone’s life, at any time so we only have one option: accelerate life-saving research.

“Thanks to the extra time spent at home lately, many of us now know our way around the kitchen much better than before. So why not put these new-found culinary skills to use while inspiring guests to dish up the dosh for a great cause.

“Cooking a special Sunday brunch for your household is a safe and simple way to show support during these challenging times. By taking part, you’ll be rewarded with more than just empty plates. The donations your family or housemates make in support of your efforts really could save lives.”

Sunday Brunch co-hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer know first-hand the devastation a cancer diagnosis can bring and how important new discoveries are to help more people


Chef Simon, who has donated his recipe for blueberry and cottage cheese pancakes, said: “I remember vividly the moment that I was told my dad had cancer. I was only nine years old and it hit me like a ton of bricks. He’s the strongest man I know and thankfully he’s still here with us today. Stand Up To Cancer is such an important cause, funding research to help people just like my lovely dad.

“So I’m thrilled that Sunday Brunch is teaming up with Stand Up To Cancer this year. We’re asking everyone to hold their own special brunch with their household or bubble - the more the merrier if they’re dialling in over video! I’ll definitely be facetiming my good old dad over a cuppa.”

Co-presenter Tim Lovejoy added: “I didn’t think cancer was something that would affect my life or my family; I just didn’t really think about it much at all. Then my brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 37. It was such a shock. And when James died, I almost couldn’t believe it.

“But one in two people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. So really, it affects all of us. That’s why I’m asking people to join me and Stand Up To Cancer this


Get a free fundraising and recipe kit at A Sunday Brunch mug is also available from Stand Up To Cancer’s online shop.

Simon Rimmer’s Blueberry and Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Serves: 4

Total time: 20 minutes


200g self-raising flour

50g caster sugar

1tsp bicarb

1 egg

50g melted butter

250ml milk

125g cottage cheese

225g blueberries

Zest 1 lemon

15g unsalted butter

Serve with a poached egg


1. Mix the flour, bicarb and sugar together in a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl combine the egg, butter, milk, lemon and cheese, then add this to the flour mix.

3. Stir in the blueberries.

4. Lightly oil a frying pan and preheat over a medium heat. Spoon a small ladleful of the pancake batter into the pan and cook for one minute on each side, until golden.

5. Meanwhile, poach an egg per person in boiling water for 3-4 minutes.

6. Serve two pancakes per person, topped with one poached egg and a drizzle of maple syrup.

This recipe features in the free Sunday Brunch for Stand Up To Cancer fundraising kit available at