Aug 31 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
FOR 30 years, Ayrshire Cancer Support has offered invaluable support within the community.
Whether it’s been emotional or practical help for cancer patients and their families, the charity has been on hand.
Now, the Post’s Wish Campaign is looking to give something back to this vital support network.
And our £10,000 pot will be accessible to groups like ACS, giving them the chance for a welcome funding boost.
Chief executive John Beck revealed: “The charity operates things like a Patient Transport Service, which has been on the go continuously since 1982. It is staffed by volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles and patients are collected from their homes, accompanied to Glasgow hospitals and taken home again .
“This service is especially useful for patients who feel unwell, those living in rural areas, the elderly and parents taking their children for treatment.”
The charity, which provides all of their services free of charge, is funded entirely by contributions from the public and businesses, fundraising events and the revenue from their 11 shops.
It is estimated they need around £600,000 per year to provide their services.
So they’re hoping to land some of the Post’s community cash payout to help with the daily tasks.
John added: “Having to travel from Ayrshire to Glasgow for 40 or 50 treatments can be both a very stressful and difficult experience for Ayrshire cancer patients. Our drivers help to reduce this burden by providing their personal door-to-door service and at present complete about 1000 patient journeys every month.”
The charity’s support centres in Ayr and Kilmarnock were opened in 1997 and provide a welcoming environment for cancer patients and their families where they provide a wide range of services including counselling, support groups and complementary therapies.
For more information on the charity, email email@example.com or call 01292 269888 or 01563 538008.