Beatson Cancer Charity launches fundraising appeal to support new Lanarkshire Beatson

26th Jun 2015

Beatson Cancer Charity today  outlined its financial commitment to supporting the new Lanarkshire Beatson at Monklands General Hospital, Airdrie. We are  pledging to raise £500,000 to further enhance the new state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment centre.

Lanarkshire Beatson will be a new £22 million Satellite Radiotherapy Centre which will include two state-of-the-art linear accelerators, delivering high-energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells as well as a CT simulator to help plan radiotherapy treatment. This will enable around 80 patient treatments a day, predominantly from Lanarkshire, who require radiotherapy for lung, breast, prostate and rectal cancers to be treated.  

Beatson Cancer Charity will expand on its current world-class services currently being provided at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow. By delivering a range of complementary therapies and design and environment enhancements, the charity aims to enhance the experience and wellbeing of patients attending the centre from across Lanarkshire.

Chief Executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, David Welch said: “This much needed facility will see 21,000 patient treatments delivered each year. By enhancing the facilities and improving the experience of patients, Beatson Cancer Charity will impact positively on between 1,000 and 1,200 cancer patients and their families each year and thousands more long term.

 “We are completely committed to raising the funds and have already set out a number of fundraising initiatives for the people of Lanarkshire to get behind, such as our ‘Wear it Yellow’ campaign which has already been hugely successful.

“The services the charity provides are incredible and really help support patients and their families during such a difficult time. It is fantastic that we will be in a position to provide these services locally in Lanarkshire but we are counting on the local communities to get involved and support what is such a valuable and worthwhile charity.”

Ann Muir, Patient Representative at NHS said: “The services Beatson Cancer Charity provide to the patients at the Beatson in Glasgow are second to none so to have their support for the new Lanarkshire Beatson is incredible.”

Each year the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre sees more than 8,000 new patients and provides all of the radiotherapy and much of the chemotherapy for a catchment area of 2.5 million people, around 50% of Scotland’s total population.

Along with the ‘Wear it Yellow’ campaign which encourages local schools and businesses to dress up and wear yellow for the day, Beatson Cancer Charity will be launching a number of fun and exciting events throughout the year.

For more information on Beatson Cancer Charity and what you can do to fundraise please click here, call 0141 221 0505 or email events@beatsoncancercharity.org