The Eve Appeal

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Duration: 10 minutes

Chariots of Fire star Nigel Havers makes an appeal on behalf of the Eve Appeal, a charity dedicated to improving the prevention, detection and treatment of gynaecological cancers.

The film features Sophie, who was suddenly diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 34, after finding a small lump in her abdomen. Sophie had one of her ovaries removed and began an intensive course of chemotherapy. However, she feared she would not be able to have children because of her treatment. Fortunately Sophie's cancer was detected early, and she has made a good recovery. She has recently given birth to a little baby girl, Flora.

  • Donate online now

    Donate online now

    Please donate by going to the website or by calling 020 7605 0102. If you’d like to post a donation please make your cheque payable to ‘The Eve Appeal' and send it to 'The Eve Appeal, 15B Berghem Mews, Blythe Road, London, W14 0HN'.

    The Eve Appeal
  • Nigel Havers

    Nigel Havers

    As a long-term supporter of The Eve Appeal, I was delighted to be asked to present the charity’s BBC Lifeline Appeal.

    Gynaecological cancer isn’t talked about enough, and as the only national charity focussed on raising funds and awareness of these diseases, The Eve Appeal are doing all they can to change this.

    It is so important that these cancers are talked about, and that women know the symptoms that they need to look out for. Research into the detection, prevention and treatment of all five gynaecological cancers is desperately needed to improve the outcomes for women in the UK and worldwide.

    I hope that the Lifeline appeal will inspire you –as I have been inspired – to support The Eve Appeal’s pioneering work, and help to save the lives of the women we love.

  • The Eve Appeal

    The Eve Appeal

    Something we know only too well at The Eve Appeal is the value of our mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, aunties and best friends.

    Gynaecological cancers have such a devastating effect on families. Today over 50 women will receive distressing news of diagnosis and 20 families will be torn apart by the loss of a woman they love. With your help The Eve Appeal is determined to change these dismal statistics.

    The Eve Appeal was set up to save women's lives by funding vital research into early diagnosis, treatment and care at the Gynaecology Cancer Research Centre at University College London.

    We urgently need your help to generate funds to support this research and also to help us to break down the wall of embarrassment that prevents women from talking about these diseases and seeking help if they have concerns. We must ensure more women know and understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of these five gynaecological cancers. Your support can save lives and prevent thousands of families from losing the women they love most.

    This BBC Lifeline Appeal will not only raise funds to support gynaecological cancer research, but it will bring The Eve Appeal to the attention of women who can be affected by these diseases and create awareness of the signs to look out for.

    Thank you for taking an interest in this vital cause – we simply can’t do it alone.

  • Sophie


    Sophie was 34 years old when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

    3 years ago, whilst on holiday Sophie felt a small lump in her abdomen. It wasn’t painful, but uncomfortable. She began to worry as it grew bigger and rushed to A&E. Doctors told her she had a tumour growing on one of her ovaries and they needed to operate to remove it immediately. But worse news was to follow; doctors discovered she had ovarian cancer. Sophie said, "I didn’t know anything about it, and I was really young and very frightened." She feared that her dream of having children was over.

    Fortunately Sophie’s cancer was caught early enough and after chemotherapy treatment she began to recover. And to her surprise, she gave birth to a little baby girl, Flora, earlier this year. Sophie said, "I think raising awareness of these cancers is really important. People need to be aware of these things to actually go and do something about it."

  • Jacqui


    44-year-old Jacqui was a busy working mum. She had missed a routine cervical cancer smear test as she felt she was too busy to fit it in. But then, she began to develop worrying symptoms: a bloated stomach, periods bleeding for longer and longer, and back pain.

    Jacqui finally went to the doctor where she was told she had to have an urgent hysterectomy. After that operation, she was soon told that she had cervical cancer and had to begin an intensive course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Jacqui said it was a very difficult time “the fear for me was I'm not going to be able to see my children grow up, I'm going to miss out on certain parts of their lives.”

    Jacqui finished her treatment in 2010 and has been free of cancer for nearly 2 years. Her illness has made her re-evaluate life. She said, “It’s so important to have your screening and for basically five minutes of unpleasantness, that could save your life.”

  • Behind the Scenes

  • Filming with Nigel Havers

    Filming with Nigel Havers

  • Rehearsing with Nigel

    Rehearsing with Nigel

  • Filming a piece to camera

    Filming a piece to camera

  • Between takes

    Between takes


Nigel Havers
Gavin Ahern
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney


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