Big-hearted visitors, patients and staff have raised more than £7,200 in a “penny box” at the Aroma Café in the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.
The pennies, which have been donated over the last four years by customers visiting the café and dropping in their change, will go towards the Friends of the Beatson charity.
The Friends of the Beatson Charity have been raising money for cancer patients since 1995 and when the new Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre opened in 2008 the Friends funded a complementary therapy retreat on the 4th floor of the building with chill out spaces, art music rooms, aromatherapy and massage rooms, a 12-seater cinema, a hairdresser and beautician room, and a tea and coffee area. The ‘retreat’ offers a place of calm quite different from a hospital setting for patients to spent time and any money they raise goes towards the ‘retreat’ and offering practical comfort and support for Beatson patients.
Ian Dickson, Chairman of the Friends and a former Beatson patient, said: "This is a quite amazing sum. All the money will be put towards the extras and services we provide for patients - including our ‘retreat’ on the fourth floor - which are aimed at making make their stay at the Beatson more comfortable.
“Enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed for their generosity and support."
Gary Jenkins, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre General Manager, said: “We are always grateful for any fundraising done on our behalf and are delighted that the Friends continue with their support. Their contributions help to make patients’ experiences of cancer treatment considerably more tolerable by providing a totally unique area where they can relax and take ‘time away’ from the traditional clinical environment.
“Our thanks also go to café staff Sandra Wilson, Rose Jephson, Fay Morrison and Karen Kidd who have been looking after the collection and passing on the funds to the Friends when the penny box was full.”
Notes to Editors
The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC) was officially opened in February 2008. The Beatson provides all the radiotherapy, and much of the chemotherapy, for patients with cancer in Scotland’s west. We offer our service and care to apprximately 55% of Scotland’s population.
The Friends of the Beatson Charity raises all funds for the Friends of the Beatson Centre, which is located on the 4th floor of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, and its up keep. The Charity is run by Ian Dickson, Alan Kilpatrick, Elizabeth Kennedy and Gordon Thomson. Tracey Hardie is the Manager of the Friends of the Beatson Centre.
As former patients, Ian Dickson and Alan Kilpatrick, with the encouragement of senior medical staff at the Beatson, got together with a number of other former patients and relatives to establish if there was anything they could do “to put something back”.
In 1995 they established Friends of the Beatson, which is a company limited by guarantee and a Scottish registered Charity. Its aim is the provision, in parallel with the excellent clinical care given at the Beatson, of practical comfort and support for Beatson patients.
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