LITTLE Madison Shurmer and her family have appeared in a dramatic short film alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Gillian Anderson urging people to Stand Up To Cancer.

Seven-year-old Madison, known as Maddie, who is being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, is supporting the joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

Together with her mum Michelle, six-year-old sister Florence and grandma Annette, Maddie is helping to highlight the need for people in Swindon to help save lives through the campaign.

Maddie, a pupil at Ferndale Community Primary School, is being treated at Great Western Hospital and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

She appears in the short film, shot by renowned photographer and film director Greg Williams, which also includes actors Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Friel, Sheridan Smith and Steve Coogan.

Maddie and her family, which also includes dad Andy and younger sister Willow, 17 months, have been working hard to fundraise for Stand Up To Cancer and held a golf day at Carswell Golf Club last Saturday.

They hope the event, which included a cake sale and a raffle, will raise £2,000 to be split between Stand Up To Cancer and Leukaemia Research.

Michelle, 34, said of the golf day: “It was a fantastic day and everyone was incredibly generous.

“Maddie and Florence made gold and orange badges out of ribbon and sold them to everyone who took part.

“When I asked Maddie how much she thought we’d raised she thought we’d got to £100, she couldn’t get her head around how much it was.”

Ferndale Community Primary School is also getting behind Stand Up To Cancer and on October 17 will be holding a special fundraising day which Maddie has helped to plan.

Children and parents will be invited to create their own kites to fly in the playground.

There will also be a cake sale and pupils and staff will be encouraged to wear orange.

The Stand Up To Cancer campaign is building as more and more people join the fight.

It will culminate in a live TV fundraiser on Channel 4 at 7.30pm on October 17, hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen.

The trio will front a star-studded night of television, packed with programming from entertainment and science to documentaries.

It will feature some of Channel 4’s and the UK’s best loved talent as well as respected cancer researchers.