Commonwealth Games champion Eilidh Child has been unveiled as an ambassador for Beatson Cancer Charity. The athlete is rounding off a stellar year by becoming the latest famous Scot to support the charity.
Eilidh ‘sprinted’ around the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow to see the charity first-hand and meet patients and staff. She visited the Beatson Cancer Charity Centre which is one of the vital services it funds offering patients a haven away from the wards providing a range of complementary therapeutic treatments such as reiki, reflexology and massages as well as a place to read a newspaper, watch TV, or simply enjoy a fresh coffee admiring the views over Glasgow.
Commenting on her new role Eilidh said: “I am extremely proud to be one of the charity’s first ambassadors. I have been really inspired meeting some of the cancer nurses funded by the charity, not to mention the positive attitude of patients and families affected by this dreadful disease.
"Beatson Cancer Charity provides a wealth of therapeutic services to thousands of people going through treatment and I want to do as much as I can to boost fundraising. Cancer affects nearly every family in Scotland and the sooner we find a cure, the sooner we will beat cancer and save lives.”
Charlene Elliott, head of fundraising for Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “It’s fantastic to have a much-loved Scottish Olympic and Commonwealth champion on board as one of our first ambassadors. We are grateful that Eilidh has chosen to give her time to help us raise the profile of the charity and support our fundraising activities.”
As the leading centre for non-surgical cancer care in Scotland, the Beatson serves around 50 per cent of the Scottish population. It is the UK’s busiest cancer care centre, which sees more than 8,000 new patients every year and delivers more than 25,000 courses of chemotherapy and 6,500 courses of radiotherapy.
Beatson Cancer Charity is determined to beat cancer and by fighting on all fronts it supports and enhances the treatment, care and wellbeing of those affected by cancer. Funds raised will help to provide a comprehensive range of high quality patient and family support services and fund specialist staff posts including specialist nursing, radiography and research based staff as well as service developments, enhanced medical equipment and innovative research and education.