The twins are two of many YouTubers set to take part in the record-breaking live stream.
Niki and Sammy Albon are set to host Stand Up To Cancer UK’s live stream on 17 October. A joint fundraising campaign by Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK, the event will feature a host of YouTubers and celebrities, and aims to raise money for new cancer treatments and tests.
Speaking with TenEighty about their involvement, Niki says: “The producers approached us about the event and we immediately said ‘yes’ to getting involved. We sadly lost our nan to cancer a few years ago and so jumped at the chance to support a cause that helps raise so much money for research into cancer and support for those living with it.”
Those set to appear on the live stream include Caspar Lee, Joe Sugg, Marcus Butler, Dan Howell, Phil Lester, Jim Chapman, Sam Chapman and Nic Haste. Niki and Sammy will also be sharing hosting duties with Oli White, Stuart Ashen, Tom Ridgewell and Ben Ebbrell.
“The amount of effort going into the live stream is epic, amazing,” says Niki. “There will be loads of YouTubers popping up, as well as mainstream celebrities and comedians. We will be providing some coordinated madness in the ‘Party Room’!”
Viewers of the live stream will be able to watch exclusive live performances from both UK and US talent. Google Hangouts will also be held from YouTube’s headquarters in London, New York and Los Angeles.
“It honestly feels amazing; we feel very honoured to have been asked,” Niki continues when asked about being involved in the fundraiser. “Stand Up To Cancer is such a positive campaign around something so typically sombre, and these days everyone has been affected some way by cancer, so it’s definitely something we can all get behind.”
Stand Up To Cancer is a fundraising campaign created by Cancer Research UK in 2012. Since it’s launch, the event has raised over £23.8 million to help fund clinical tests and treatments, with its overall aim being finding a cure for the disease.
When asked what he hopes the live stream will achieve, Niki responds: “We’re hoping that the live stream raises a ton of cash to fight cancer, but secondly, we’re all doing our best to make sure that it’s the best live stream you’re going to see ever.”
Those wishing to tune into the live stream on the 17 October can do so from 12.00 GMT to 0.00 GMT. Those involved will also be keeping Twitter up-to-date using the hashtag #YTStandsUpToCancer.