Beatson Cancer Charity supports people affected by cancer, every step of the way. We make the journey easier by transforming the way cancer care is funded and delivered. We provide services, as well as funding specialists, research and education to invest in a better future for cancer patients and their families.
From the hospital wards, right to the heart of the communities that The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre serves, we believe everyone should experience cancer with care, with love and with hope. We are with our patients and their families for every step of the journey.
By working within NHS environments, Beatson Cancer Charity is ideally placed to understand the needs of patients and staff. We respond by providing services and funding that enhance and strengthen NHS care and enable patients and their families to be helped swiftly and compassionately. At the same time our independence as a charity allows us to develop and extend our services further into the heart of Scottish communities to support more people with cancer before, during and after treatment.
Amongst patients and the wider community, we are best known for our award-winning Wellbeing Centre and specialist support at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and across hospitals in five health boards. While clinical and research professionals recognise us for our ongoing commitment to more effective cancer services, funding additional specialist staff and supporting cutting-edge cancer research and education.
All our work is made possible by our supporters. It is their generosity which allows Beatson Cancer Charity to deliver an innovative and patient-focused approach to cancer care and change the lives of those affected by the disease every day.
There are three main functions of the charity:
fundraising and communications
Many current and former patients and their families, friends and colleagues see their involvement in our fundraising and communications activity as part of their cancer journey and our team plays a key role in supporting them with this.
patient and family support
The charity provides a comprehensive range of wellbeing, specialist and complementary therapy services delivered by charity staff and volunteers through the unique and award-winning Wellbeing Centre and throughout The Beatson Cancer Centre and related facilities across the west of Scotland. We rely on fundraising activity to generate the income to fund all of our charitable activity.
The charity provides funding to various individuals and institutions involved in the care and investigation of cancer, including the NHS, in line with the charity’s funding policy in the furtherance of its objectives. The key areas of funding are specialist staff resources, innovative service developments, enhanced medical equipment, research projects and staff development.
We support the vision of Glasgow being an internationally renowned major cancer centre, attracting the highest calibre of professional staff and developing ground breaking, pioneering techniques and treatments that will change the face of cancer treatment on a local, national and international scale.
Working in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Beatson Cancer Charity is embedded in the very fabric of the hospital and together we deliver world class cancer care across the West of Scotland.
Beatson Cancer Charity was formed on 27 February 2014 following the merger of Friends of the Beatson and The Beatson Oncology Centre Fund. The resources of these two charities were brought together to create a single charity dedicated to supporting The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.