MEN and women across Sussex are being urged to become barbecue heroes this summer by putting on their aprons, bringing out the burgers and cooking up some cash for charity.

BBQ for Cancer Research UK is a new fundraising campaign which calls on supporters to join in the barbecue bonanza weekend in July.

Hosts are encouraged to invite their friends and family to make a donation to attend and raise money to help beat cancer sooner.

The charity is urging people to sign up for their free fundraising pack now so that they can start planning their sizzling spectaculars.

A Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for Sussex, said: “We’re urging people to get together in their gardens, or the park or on rooftops, and barbecue. The big barbecue weekend is July 19-20 but it can be any time that suits them.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to join forces with grillers right across the UK in raising money for a worthwhile cause. It’s not about gourmet grub or manicured gardens – it’s about chicken wings, ketchup and good times!

“We’re inviting men and women to join a nation of barbecuers getting fired up in the fight against cancer.

“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat this devastating disease and the more research we fund, the sooner that day will come.

“That’s why we’re calling on our barbecue heroes in Sussex to rally their friends, families, work colleagues and neighbours to get their grill on.”

The charity’s barbecue pack contains everything supporters need to plan their perfect barbecue, including an exclusive barbecue hero chef’s hat, recipe ideas, top tips, decorations, posters and much more.

Hosts can simply collect donations upfront from friends and family or on the day of their event.

The spokeswoman said: “We hope BBQ for Cancer Research UK will be this summer’s hottest activity with thousands of barbecues being fired up by heroes who share a desire to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”

About 120 people are diagnosed with cancer in Sussex and the South East every day.

To sign up, visit