WORLD champion Elvis tribute artist Johnny Lee Memphis shook up Bo’ness Recreation Centre recently to highlight national fundraising campaign Stand Up to Cancer, backed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr and others.
By night he may be Elvis, but by day Jon Fleming is assistant manager at Bo’ness Circuit Health and Fitness Club, which is regularly visited by cancer patients referred by their GPs.
The Elvis World Cup winner of two years ago is backing Stand Up To Cancer - a Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 collaboration - in memory of his dad, whose family didn’t discover he had cancer until after his death.
Jon said: “One of the hardest things for me is that my dad wasn’t around to see me win the Elvis World Cup.
“He loved my Elvis act and was a big believer in making the most of every moment and so when I got the chance to start touring across the world after winning, I knew he would have wanted me to go for it.”
He added: “I also know how hard cancer can hit a family and so I want to do what I can to encourage people in Scotland to Stand Up To Cancer by helping us raise money for vital research.
“We need them to join us in the fight against a disease which affects one in three people in the UK at some stage in their lives.”
Linda Summerhayes, Cancer Research UK’s Scotland spokeswoman, said: “It’s not just technology or knowledge that we need – it’s funding.”
As The King of impressive hairstyles, 37-year-old Jon combed his locks into a jaunty quiff, demonstrating just one way cash can be raised.
He is pictured with Barbara McConnell and Suzanne Davidson who work closely with those who have had cancer, to coach them back to health.
A week of special Channel 4 coverage culminates in a live fundraising entertainment extravaganza next Friday, October 19.
That same night Johnny Lee Memphis will be on stage at Alloa Town Hall for a much-anticipated greatest hits show.
You can back Stand Up To Cancer via your own fundraisers or buy special merchandise at Cancer Research shops, including £1 wristbands (also on sale at Tesco and TK Maxx stores).