Charity

Star Susan waltzes out of Strictly to urge others to help Cancer Support Scotland

By Ellen Thomson at

Strictly Come Dancing star Susan Calman has urged people to donate to Scotland’s leading one-to-one counselling charity.

The surprise performer on the hit BBC show made a call to support Cancer Support Scotland ahead of ‘Giving Tuesday’ (November 28)

Susan Calman and Cancer Support Scotland

Counselling: the charity was founded by Susan’s father Sir Kenneth Calman

Susan, whose father Professor Sir Kenneth Calman founded the West End-based charity, made it all the way to the show’s quarter-finals.

It was only at the weekend that her dream ended when she and her dance partner Kevin Clifton lost in the ‘dance-off’.

The charity said Susan’s donation call was “a perfect reminder that it was good to give”.

Coming on the back of consumer-driven events Black Friday and Manic Monday, the Gartnavel-based charity said people could balance their spending by donating to a cause which would help others, particularly in the run-up to the festive season.

Susan said: “#GivingTuesday is a very easy way to donate to Cancer Support Scotland in the run up to Christmas. 

“Unfortunately, cancer does not stop for Christmas and by making a donation you will be helping Cancer Support Scotland provide complementary therapies and counselling to cancer patients, their family and carers at a very difficult point in their lives.”

‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE’

The comedian, actress and writer added: “Making a donation to Cancer Support Scotland, no matter how big or small, will make a difference to the lives of cancer patients, their family and carers at a time when they need Cancer Support Scotland’s help the most #GivingTusesday.”

Last year #GivingTuesday broke a Guinness world record for the most online donations in 24 hours as people throughout the world contributed £36.4million. In the UK alone, the figure was £4.3m.

Cancer Support Scotland chief executive Colin Graham said: “Donating to Cancer Support Scotland through this initiative is an ideal antidote to the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“It’s a perfect reminder that it’s good to give and anyone donating will know that their money is going to help support people going through the trauma of cancer.”