Hilary Glen

hilary's story - 5 years with you

Beatson West Of Scotland Cancer Centre Consultant, Dr Hilary Glen, is embarking on a truly amazing fundraising challenge for Beatson Cancer Charity to celebrate the charity's 5th anniversay. Hilary explains in her own words why she is fundraising and showing her commitment this year.


In honour of Beatson Cancer Charity celebrating its fifth anniversary, I’ve committed to five challenges this year to fundraise for the charity.

  1. Etape Caledonia – 19 May 
  2. The Edinburgh Marathon – 26 May 
  3. Lochore Meadows open water triathlon – 10 June
  4. Stornoway triathlon – 28 July
  5. Iron Man – 15 September

I am a consultant Medical Oncologist at The Beatson and I completed a ‘year of running’ for charity in 2014 - 2015. It had started out as me just wanting to get fitter, but then spiraled into something bigger. 

It was also the year Beatson Cancer Charity launched, and my fundraising was split between them and Cancer Research UK. So, it’s quite nice to be doing these five challenges for the charity now when they’re celebrating their fifth anniversary.

Hilary Glen

With these challenges, I think half the battle is getting to the start line, let alone the finish and my husband Paul, who is also doing Iron Man, and I have been doing quite a lot of training since last October to prepare.

Our kids do triathlons too, which is nice as they’re at an age where it gets a bit more difficult to spend time together. But we all enjoy this.

Whilst I’m based at The Beatson, I also cover Ayrshire and Arran, where I treat patients with prostate and bladder cancer. My patients always ask what I’m up to and what challenge is next - they’re very supportive. It’s nice to be able to take the charity out there with me as well and tell people about the work it does.

Hilary Glen

I’m joining Beatson Cancer Charity this year and showing my commitment through five challenges. I think it’s important to show your support in whatever way you can. I’ve seen first-hand the support the charity provides to its NHS partners and the thousands of patients and families who walk through the doors of The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre each year.

So however big or small, you are making a difference and helping the charity to conitinue supoorting more people affected by cnacer in the west of Scotland. 


This year Beatson Cancer Charity celebrates its 5th year and thanks to you and the wonderful support you give, our vital services have continued to expand over these five years.

Please donate today to support even more patients and their families facing cancer or why not get involved like Hilary and do something incredible to mark this special year. 

With you we can.

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