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‘My friends were helped by this charity’ – Lord Provost Eva’s emotional cancer plea

By Ian Marland at

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander has urged more companies to support a West End-based charity through corporate donations.

Speaking at Cancer Support Scotland’s annual conference, Eva singled out companies that already supported the charity which is dedicated to helping people with cancer and their families.

Cancer Support Scotland and Eva Bolander

Centre: the charity is based at the Gartnavel Hospital campus

The charity is based at The Calman Cancer Support Centre on the Gartnavel Hospital campus.

Eva said: “With demand for your charity’s services rising, it’s appropriate that I thank your many sponsors including the Bank of Scotland, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Dallas Macmillan, Santander, Morrisons, Blackadder and Barclays and encourage other organisations to consider corporate giving.”

The Lord provost highlighted research which shows “customers value companies that support organisations like yours”.

She said it was “emotional” to be present at the conference because she had friends who had attended the Cancer Support Scotland centre where it offers one-to-one counselling and a range of complementary therapies – all of which are free.

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“I know that your superb work offering counselling and complementary therapies before, during and after treatment really does make a difference as I’ve witnessed myself with my friends,” she said.

“The isolation, psychological and financial impact of a cancer diagnosis means it is vital people affected can meet in community support groups.

“That’s where Cancer Support Scotland excels – offering free community services to those living with cancer.”

Cancer Support Scotland chief executive Colin Graham said he was grateful to the Lord Provost for highlighting the invaluable support of companies which had a corporate giving policy.

He said: “As a charity that receives no government, NHS or Lottery funding, we rely on the goodwill of the public to ensure we can help the increasing numbers of people seeking our support so companies which set up corporate giving schemes play a vital role in helping us help people throughout their cancer journey.”

Lord Provost Eva Bolander:

“I know that your superb work offering counselling and complementary therapies before, during and after treatment really does make a difference as I’ve witnessed myself with my friends.

“The isolation, psychological and financial impact of a cancer diagnosis means it is vital people affected can meet in community support groups.”

Colin also announced that STV broadcaster Emma Cameron has become the charity’s newest ambassador.

Emma, who fronts the news on STV, joins comedian, TV and radio personality and now Strictly Come Dancing competitor Susan Calman, alongside fellow television and radio broadcasters Judith Ralston and Shereen Nanjiani as an ambassador.

Emma said she was “delighted” to become involved with Scotland’s leading one-to-one counselling charity.

She said: “I’m aware of the fantastic work Cancer Support Scotland does with cancer patients, their families and carers and it was a privilege to be asked to become an ambassador for the charity.

“The range of services it offers from counselling to complementary therapies provides support for people with cancer and their families at a critical time.

“The growing number of people wanting to use its services demonstrates just how important it can be in helping people throughout their cancer journey.”