Beatson Cancer Charity today launched its Lanarkshire Beatson Business Community Appeal which aims to raise £500,000 with the support of several key business figures from the region including former Celtic footballer Harry Hood.
The Lanarkshire Beatson will be a new £22 million radiotherapy treatment centre based at Monklands General Hospital in Airdrie which will be operational by the end of November this year.
The Lanarkshire Beatson will deliver radiotherapy treatments to 1,200 people from across the region every year. This new facility will support The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow, which is running at near capacity, by providing treatment for up to 80 patients a day.
Beatson Cancer Charity is calling on all local businesses to support the vital appeal by setting up a fund for their business and encouraging colleagues, suppliers and other contacts to get involved and contribute £100 or more to help people in Lanarkshire beat cancer. Businesses already signed up include Dalziel Services and CMS Windows.
Jamie Delaney, Managing Director of Dalziel Services, commented: “We are honoured to be associated with the Beatson Lanarkshire Appeal and will continue to support this new centre for the people of Lanarkshire until the day we find a cure for cancer.”
Martin McCrimmon, Business Systems Director at CMS Window Systems, said: “We are proud supporters of the Lanarkshire Beatson Business Community Appeal because we’re committed to helping improve the health and welfare of the people in our local area, without whom we would not be the success we are today.”
Commenting on the appeal, Charlene Elliott, Head of Fundraising at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “By contributing to the Lanarkshire Beatson Business Community Appeal, businesses of all sizes can not only play a vital role in bringing the very best care and support to the people living with cancer in Lanarkshire but will be investing in the future of Lanarkshire’s health.
“By supporting this appeal businesses will help Beatson Cancer Charity create an environment that’s friendly, relaxing and uplifting and provide therapies like massage and Reiki, to help reduce anxiety and ease pain. With the support of the local business community, our therapists will be friendly and familiar faces to people going through the toughest time of their lives.”
Ronnie Smith, CEO of Lanarkshire based LESL commented: “LESL is delighted to see the development of the Lanarkshire Beatson.
“The quality of the patient experience at Lanarkshire Beatson will be greatly enhanced by Beatson Cancer Charity’s Lanarkshire Beatson Business Community Appeal and I am delighted to see how much support for this is coming from the business community.”
Harry Hood, former Celtic footballer and Lanarkshire businessman said: “Having been a patient of The Beatson, I have seen first-hand the incredible work they do and the invaluable support the charity gives to patients and their families.
“I am incredibly proud to be part of the Lanarkshire Beatson Business Community Appeal and I would urge all other local businesses to get involved and start a fund today to “Show Cancer that Lanarkshire Businesses Mean Business!”
For more information on the Lanarkshire Beatson Business Community Appeal and to start a fund and raise support from your business today, please visit www.lanarkshirebeatsonbusinessappeal.org or call 0141 212 0505. Businesses can also share the appeal on social media. By supporting the appeal, Lanarkshire businesses will make a difference to cancer patients not only today but for generations to come.