Beatson Cancer Charity has added to its wealth of Ambassadors with young sporting star and Olympic 2020 hopeful, Josh Armstrong.
Rowing-ace Josh Armstrong, 18, from Hamilton, was recently named in a nine boat, 36-rower entry for the 2016 World Junior Championships in Rotterdam which he will compete in at the end of August – a stepping stone on the pathway to qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Last year Josh was part of the quad that took home gold at the World Junior Championships which were held in Rio de Janiero and this firmly put Josh in full running for a successful year of competing. Josh has his sights set on Tokyo and is looking forward to watching this year’s Olympics which are very inspiring for the young and ambitious athlete.
As well as training non-stop since he started rowing, just three years ago, Josh is extremely passionate about supporting Beatson Cancer Charity which is a cause close to his heart. Josh has attended several of the charity’s events and speaks very proudly about the work the charity does. Josh said:
“Being an Ambassador for Beatson Cancer Charity is a huge honour for me and my family. I’ve witnessed first-hand the exceptional patient and family support services the charity provides, as well as significant funding towards a whole range of specialist posts, advanced medical equipment, novel research projects and staff development - I’m really excited to be part of such an ambitious charity!
“The patients, their families and the staff at The Beatson and its related facilities are such inspirational people and it has been a privilege to meet them when I’ve visited the charity’s Wellbeing Centre. I want to do as much as I can to boost the charity’s fundraising and raise its profile. Cancer affects nearly every family in Scotland and the sooner we find a cure, the sooner we will beat cancer and save more lives.”
David Welch, Chief Executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, said:
“Josh is extremely talented and we are really proud and inspired by all of his sporting achievements to date. He is set to go really far representing Team GB and we wish him all the best with the World Junior Championships and his future endeavours and we look forward to watching his progress as he strives to make Tokyo.
“Without support from our Ambassadors, like Josh, the Beatson Cancer Charity wouldn’t be where it is today. We’re very grateful to Josh for becoming an Ambassador for Beatson Cancer Charity and I’m sure he will inspire many children and young people to reach their full potential and achieve all they can.”
Beatson Cancer Charity supports and enhances the treatment, care and wellbeing of current and former cancer patients and their families. The charity delivers a wide range of specialist services and provides significant funding to benefit those affected by cancer and to support those involved in cancer care and research. Working in partnership with the NHS and The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, the charity offers the wider community a unique opportunity to contribute to the fight against cancer.
Beatson Cancer Charity delivers specialist patient and family support services through its unique and award winning Wellbeing Centre, throughout The Beatson and at cancer treatment facilities across the west of Scotland. The charity also provides funding for specialist staff, including nursing, radiography and research-based posts, as well as for novel research projects, educational initiatives, innovative service developments and enhanced medical equipment. Without the amazing generosity of the wider community none of its charitable activity could take place.