Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open raises almost £7, 000 for Beatson Cancer Charity

18th Aug 2015

The recent Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open has raised £6943.52 for Beatson Cancer Charity, its offical charity partner. The hugely successful event took place at Dundonald Links in Irvine from 24-26 July and featured top quality golf from the likes of world No.2 Lydia Ko and world No.7 Suzann Pettersen as well as a host of Scottish stars such as Catriona Matthew, Kylie Walker, Pamela Pretswell, Carly Booth, Sally Watson, Vikki Laing and Kelsey MacDonald. The eventual winner was Rebecca Artis from Australia.

Beatson Cancer Charity is committed to raising significant funds to enhance the experience, treatment, outcomes and wellbeing of current and former cancer patients and their families. The charity is particularly close to the Ladies Scottish Open as former head scorer Lynn Mitchell received treatment at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (The Beatson) in Glasgow during her battle with cancer.

The much-needed funds were raised through generous donations from visitors over the golfing weekend, contributions towards the official events programme, raffles and an Aberdeen Asset Management ‘Birdie Pledge’ which itself raised an impressive £2, 985 from birdies and eagles that the professionals made over the three day event.

All money raised for Beatson Cancer Charity will support the thousands of patients and their families who visit The Beatson and its related facilities each year. Funding will help the charity continue to provide a comprehensive range of patient and family support including wellbeing and complementary therapies provided through the charity’s unique and award-winning Wellbeing Centre, throughout the cancer centre at related facilities across the West of Scotland.

The charity also funds a range of specialist posts including nursing, radiography, physics and research-based staff as well as for enhanced medical equipment, innovative service developments, unique research projects and educational initiatives.

Charlene Elliott, Head of Fundraising at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We are so grateful to the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open for choosing to support Beatson Cancer Charity. Alarmingly, more than one in three people are affected by cancer in the West of Scotland - the highest cancer rate in Europe. That’s why it is so vital to have world-leading facilities like The Beatson and its related facilities available to anyone at any time.

“We rely strongly on the generosity of others to help us to continue to provide funding and services to enhance the wonderful care thousands of patients receive each year therefore we are truly thankful to everyone involved with the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open for all their support and determination. On behalf of everyone at The Beatson, congratulations on a fantastic event.”

Lynda Affleck, Head of Charitable Giving at Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “We are delighted such a substantial amount has been raised to support Beatson Cancer Charity.  We hope that through their role as official charity at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, we have helped to raise awareness of their great work in Scotland.  It has been a pleasure for us to work with them at the Ladies Scottish Open.

“Our thanks go to the players, the spectators, Dundonald Links and The Ladies European Tour for their assistance in making this possible.”

Harry Owen, Tournament Director of event promoters Corbis, added: “It was a real pleasure to help support such a dedicated and committed group of people, all driven to raise funds for, and awareness of, Beatson Cancer Charity. All of us working on the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open are delighted to see the amount raised and are proud to have helped raise it in memory of our late head scorer, Lynn Mitchell – who was loved by all.”