COMEDIAN Johnny Vegas is calling on people in his home town to go green for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre as part of a campaign to fundraise to help build a hospital.

The Still Open All Hours and Benidorm star is leading the way after his dad Lol Pennington was treated at the centre. Johnny now wants help raise part of a £15 million appeal to build Liverpool’s first specialist cancer hospital.

Johnny, from Thatto Heath, said: "When you hear the word cancer it takes you to a place you don't want to go to but we are so lucky to have The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on our doorstep.

“I'm hoping everyone gets behind this campaign to raise £15million for a brand new cancer hospital in Liverpool and it all starts by Going Green for Clatterbridge from February 4 to 12."

People can get involved by holding a green day in school where pupils pay £1 to dress in the colour for the day or bake green cakes.

Businesses can do the same, or workers could also tip green gunge on their boss, for the price of a generous donation of course.

Katrina Bury, head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “One in two of us will develop cancer over our lifetime so this new hospital is vitally important for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire.

“We are only going to get one chance in our lifetime to build a brand new facility like this, which will transform cancer care for generations to come.

“We hope everyone will get behind us by going green and help to build a cancer hospital that we can all be proud of.”

The new hospital in Liverpool is being built as part of a £157 million plan to transform cancer care, which will also see £8million will be invested in The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in the Wirral.

Residents can tweet their support using #letsgogreen and posting pictures of themselves wearing green or even sporting green wigs.

People can also text Lets194 to 70070 to make a donation of £4.