A leading cancer charity is launching an appeal for more volunteers and fund-raisers in 2014.
Cancer Support Scotland, which more than trebled the number of people it was able to help last year and has a support group on Bute, is aiming to raise more cash in 2014 so it can support even more patients with cancer and to do that it is appealing for help from your readers.
The charity’s Chief Executive, Colin Graham, said he hoped when people were making their New Year resolutions they would consider lending their support in a way that would benefit others at a time when they needed it most.
Mr Graham said: “Many people use New Year to make changes to their lives and we would like to encourage them to do that by helping us to help others.
“And they can do it by having fun and raising money for an excellent cause at the same time. If their New Year resolution is to get fit or lose weight, we can help them with the challenge, whether it’s running a 10k or marathon or the exhilarating challenge of zip-sliding across the River Clyde, a parachute jump or rafting.”
Mr Graham said the increasing number of people surviving cancer or living with the illness meant the demand for the charity’s services would also rise.
However, he added: “We get no government money so to help patients we need more volunteers and fund-raisers, more people leaving us bequests or making regular donations and more businesses backing us through ‘company-giving’ schemes.
“We would be delighted to hear from volunteers who can support us by using their existing skills as therapists, administrators, fund-raisers, gardeners or in any way they think they can help.”
Anyone needing help from Cancer Support Scotland or who would like to raise funds should call 0141 337 8199 or visit www.cancersupportscotland.org