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Actor and musician Martin Kemp stopped by The Brain Tumour Charity this week to offer hope, encouragement and support to a handful of youngsters feeling the affects of the cancer.

During a visit to the Farnborough-based charity on Tuesday July 15, Mr Kemp spoke of his own personal battle with two life-threatening tumours during the 1990s.

Perhaps best known for his turn as Eastenders baddie Steve Owen, after playing bass for Spandau Ballet, Kemp was in Farnborough to lend his support to the HeadSmart initiative.

Kemp is not the only star to get behind the charity of late after actor Orlando Bloom attended the Grand Sleepover in Brackley, Northamptonshire. The event on July 5 was a joint one between the Farnborough charity, Action Against Cancer and the Silas Pullen Fund. Bloom was seen sporting a fetching Brain Tumour Charity bag.

The HeadSmart campaign is in the running to be named Best Health project in September’s National Lottery Awards, which will be decided by a public vote.

HeadSmart is aimed as much at the public as it is healthcare professionals, to raise awareness of the unseen symptoms of brain tumours.

The charity estimates the campaign has already racked up more than 100,000 views on its website, where it says winning the award would give it an ‘unprecedented opportunity’ to spread the word.

Kemp, 52, had one tumour surgically removed and replaced with a metal plate in part of his skull. The other was treated by tactical radiation.

During his visit to the charity’s Victoria Road base, Kemp warmly shared his own experience with the youngsters and their parents, who rely on the charity’s support.

“I have met some brave young people who are willing to talk about how their lives have been affected by brain tumours,” he said.

“Recognising the signs at an early stage is crucial to getting the expert medical treatment that people need. The more people talk about brain tumours and what to look out for, the more lives will be saved.”

The charity said HeadSmart has already driven down average diagnosis times from 14 to 6.9 weeks, adding: “But the UK is still lagging behind the fastest diagnosing countries in the world.”

Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, added Kemp’s willingness to talk about his condition was of vital importance.

“Raising awareness of brain tumours and their symptoms is what HeadSmart is all about,” she said.

“We were so pleased to have Martin here to support the campaign and to meet young people affected by brain tumours.

“Martin knows first hand what a huge impact brain tumours have, not only on patients themselves, but on their families.

“By sharing his experience and by spreading the message about symptoms, he is helping us to reduce average diagnosis times for young people with brain tumours and to save lives.”

Hollywood actor Bloom, as well as model Kate Moss and adventurer Bear Grylls, all designed and signed postcards, which are being auctioned off in aid of the Grand Sleepover charities.


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Ask Orlando Bloom about his trip to a Syrian refugee camp last April and it’s the kids he remembers. “Kids are seeing far too much violence and torture,” Bloom tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “They have witnessed such pain. They need help.”

The actor, 37, who traveled to the Zaatari refugee camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border, met families who’ve been uprooted from their homes due to civil war and unrest in Syria. “They’ve lived lives like you and I,” says Bloom. “All they want to do is go home. Their kids are desperate for an education.”

“The real issue is donor fatigue,” says Bloom. “Another crisis in the Middle East. Okay. But we’re talking about children. Everyone’s scared of the issue, I get that, but you don’t have to be afraid to support the work that UNICEF is doing to save these children.”

Bloom couldn’t help but think of his own 3-year-old son, Flynn, when he met another father of a young son in the camps. “He held his 4-year-old son’s arm in the air and said, ‘My son is going to fight for the revolution when he’s old enough,’ ” Bloom recalls. “But if these kids go on to fight, this is what I mean by a lost generation.”

“Having a 3-year-old myself, it breaks your heart,” says the Goodwill Ambassador who’s been on six field missions with UNICEF since 2007. “It’s not something you can even comprehend. You would die before you allow them to have that experience.”

“These people, they just don’t leave you,” says the actor. “I can be wherever I am in the world but they’re still waking up in the baking-hot desert and or freezing cold at night and making do with what little they have in their life. There are still children who are dying. So it’s not something you switch on and off. And it’s not something to be ignored.”


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The underpants of Canterbury film star Orlando Bloom are being auctioned off online, in an effort to raise money for Relate: East Kent.

The pants, which were worn by Mr Bloom while he was filming ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’, was donated by the charity’s chairman, Willy Cooper, who got them from the actor’s mother, Sonia Copeland Bloom.

With bidding starting at £199.99, the boxers come with a signed original photo of Orlando, and a note of verification from his mum, reading:

“Certificate of Authentification for bathing shorts of patchwork pattern made by Polo Sport Ralph Lauren worn by Orlando Bloom for bathing while filming Pirates of the Caribbean. Signed Sonia Copeland Bloom (mother) January 2010.”

Katheryn Parker, who runs the virtual store for Relate, said the auction was meant to celebrate the launch of the new celebrity page:

“We’ve auctioned items online before, but this is the first time we’ve had a celebrity item like this. We get a lot of memorabilia donated to our charity shop, and now we’re researching it all. You never know what it might be worth to someone.”

The auction, which was started on Wednesday morning, has yet to draw any bidders. But with more than a week to go until the June 21 deadline, organisers at the charity are hoping for a price war.

To check out the bid, click here.
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