Thanks to a generous donation from The Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust, Beatson Cancer Charity was able to upgrade all five relatives’ overnight rooms within The Beatson hospital.
Overnight rooms allow relatives to spend the night when their loved one is in the hospital, perhaps receiving treatment over a long period of time or receiving end-of-life care. The chance to be close at hand during this difficult time, at no cost, makes a huge difference to both families and patients.
All rooms have been redecorated (thanks to Bell Group for donating the paint), had new flooring installed (thanks to Donaldson and Paterson Ltd for the materials and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for the labour) and been kitted out with lovely new furniture including comfortable beds, brightly coloured sofas, clean, fresh blinds, lamps, a table, dining chairs and a fridge. Beatson Cancer Charity is delighted that we can now offer a bright, welcoming and practical space for relatives.
A cancer diagnosis can affect every aspect of life for patients and their loved ones, including their financial situation. For many, treats such as a meal in a restaurant, theatre trip or holiday becomes rare. That’s why Beatson Cancer Charity and the JMA Trust created the JMA Experience Fund in 2017, with funding from the Trust. The friends and family of John Maurice Aitken were inspired to establish the JMA Trust in his memory to make a difference to groups and individuals across Scotland.
Thanks to their generous grant in 2018/19 we have been able to support 98 people connected with The Beatson: patients, their families, partners and friends, giving them the gift of quality family time and helping to create precious memories together. We were delighted to make grants to individuals and families so that they could enjoy a whole host of exciting outings such as family holidays, days out with friends, city breaks and theatre trips. We even helped a young woman to achieve her life-long dream of meeting elephants, and helped a young couple to hold a beautiful highland wedding.
These wonderful experiences are priceless, giving joy and hope to people at such a challenging time. We are grateful to the JMA Trust for the funding and support which allows us to bring these experiences to young people and young families facing cancer