MIKE PETERS will stage a new show as part of World Cancer Day.

Mr Peters, lead singer of cult Welsh rock band The Alarm, will host the Love Hope Strength Big Night In on February 4, the worldwide day of action organised by the Union for International Cancer Control to reduce the global impact of cancer.

The hour-long special of live and recorded musical performances, as well as inspirational interviews with some special guests to celebrate progress made in cancer control whilst shining a spotlight on urgent challenges that need to be overcome in the global fight against cancer.

Mr Peters is himself is a two-time cancer survivor and lives with leukaemia, while wife Jules was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.They launched the Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHS) in 2007 to promote music-related outreach and awareness programmes for leukemia and cancer sufferers, survivors and their families.

“I live with leukaemia and my wife Jules recently underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy following a breast cancer diagnosis,“ said Mr Peters. “Having received excellent care ourselves, we’ve long been advocates of working to ensure that people in low-to-middle income countries can access better cancer treatment, and we remain committed to this.

"70 per cent of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries. Less than 30% of low-income countries have cancer treatment services available compared to 90% in high-income countries. This has to change.”

As well as tuning in to the show, audiences can bid on unique rock’n’roll memorabilia which has been donated to Mr Peters's charity by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Billy Idol, Duff McKagan of Guns & Roses and other celebrated musicians. The Love Hope Strength World Cancer Day Online Auction begins on Friday, January 15 and closes on Saturday, February 5.

All funds raised through the Love Hope Strength Big Night In and associated activities will support cancer prevention and cancer care projects for underprivileged communities across the globe.

Mr Peters established the Love Hope Strength Cancer Care Foundation (LHS) in the UK and the USA over 15 years ago. LHS has gone on raise over $1 million for cancer programs across the globe and has helped save over 4,500 lives via fans registering to become potential blood stem cell donors at gigs & festivals.

“We want to raise money through the Big Night In so we can collectively support some fantastic hospitals and grass-roots organisations which we know really need help so their patients stand a chance of receiving effective treatment when they receive a cancer diagnosis," said Mr Peters. "We also want to use this opportunity to highlight what we can all do to help stop those preventable cancers from being killers.

“The Big Night In will be fun, and it will be relevant to everyone. We very much believe that cancer isn’t just a critical health issue, it's a human issue that touches all of us.”

Dr. Cary Adams, CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control, said: “February 4 is World Cancer Day, and it's a special day to us, especially with Love Hope Strength Big Night In.

"Uniting voices, taking collective action, raising the profile of cancer globally for prevention and treatment, patient support, palliative care remains a global priority. Despite the current Covid pandemic, cancer is still a massive global crisis.

"At UICC, we are working every day to reduce cancer deaths, promote equity and to ensure that cancer control remains on the global health agenda and the agendas of national governments.”

It will premiere in the UK at 9pm via www.lovehopestrength.org/