Simon Cowell backs campaign to help raise life-saving money for journalist Amy Watts

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Simon Cowell and Matt Goss have joined other famous faces in backing a campaign to help raise life-saving money for journalist Amy Watts.

The X Factor boss tweeted his support for a fundraising drive to pay for an operation for Amy, 37, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in August. He also donated a sizeable donation to the campaign, entitled Holdamyshand.com.



"Amy Watts, a lovely young woman I first met more than 10 years ago needs our support," Simon tweeted to his more than 11million followers.

Singer Matt Goss has stepped in, generously putting on a last-minute one-off concert in London on Monday with all proceeds going to Holdamyshand.com. Every penny from the show – to be held in the ballroom of the Dorchester Hotel in London – will go towards Amy and her fight.

Matt said: "I recently lost my mother to cancer, and it was a life changing moment for me, if I had known three months earlier I could have saved her life. We are all very busy but not busy enough not to show solidarity and help this wonderful young lady. Every journalist, every photographer, every friend in the media and every friend of mine and Amy's please can and show your support."



British-born Amy was living in Los Angeles when she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer which had already spread to her liver. She began chemotherapy with the aim of having an operation in the US last month, but doctors there cancelled the procedure. She has since found a surgeon in Leeds who can carry out the operation, but it will cost £70,000.

Amy's friends and family launched a campaign on Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday - the day she flew home courtesy of Virgin Atlantic, which kindly donated her flights – to raise money for the operation, plus living costs.

Footballers Gary and Phil Neville's sister Tracey – an old schoolfriend of Amy's – has also tweeted her support, as has her favourite band Suede, Glee star Naya Rivera, and Naya Rivera.

*Tickets to the Matt Goss show are extremely limited and will only be available in person from the Dorchester Ballroom Entrance on Park Lane, from 4pm on Monday January 26. There is a suggested minimum donation of £50 IN CASH ONLY.

To help Amy, visit www.holdamyshand.com or follow @holdamyshand on Twitter.

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