Buy a brick to battle cancer

Cathie and Bill Darroch
Cathie and Bill Darroch

CANCER Support Scotland is looking for help from donors to assist funding the move to a new HQ.

The charity is trying to raise the money that will finance a move to the organisation’s new home in the grounds of Gartnavel.

The cash needed is £420,000, but Cancer Support has already brought in most of this.

Now, it is concentrating on a final push to raise a final £165,000 by launching a fundraising buy-a-brick scheme.

There are almost 1,000 virtual bricks available for a minimum donation of £50.

For that, people will have their name recognised on a plaque in the organisation’s new, private-terraced garden.

Donations of £250 or more will see donors names engraved on a glass, donors wall in the reception.

One couple who have already bought a brick is service users Bill and Cathie Darroch.

Bill said: “Cancer Support Scotland has definitely helped one hundred per cent, mentally and physically, and I reckon the new place is going to be far better, modern, away from the hospital – a wee place of your own.

“You’re away from the hospital and not reminded of the medical side of it”.

Speaking about buying a brick, Bill said: “You see your name up there, we’ve done something to help.

“We’ll do a lot more if we can, but it’s a start.

“We’re also so proud of the certificate we got – we’ve got it in a frame up on the wall in the house”.

Bill’s wife, Cathie, added: “Cancer Support Scotland’s got us out and motivated in the morning.

“Bill was depressed and I was frightened to go out with him in case anything happened and this has totally changed that”.

Cancer Support Scotland chief executive Colin Graham said: “Cancer diagnoses are on the rise showing just how important it is that our service continues to grow.

“The Calman Cancer Support Centre signals the start of a new era for our charity enabling us to help thousands more.

“I hope members of the public will get involved with our buy-a-bring appeal and help us reach the £420,000 target”.