McArthur Ensures Parliament CLAN’s 35th Anniversary

CLAN Cancer Support will celebrate its 35th anniversary next month.  In recognition of this landmark, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has lodged a motion in parliament highlighting CLAN’s excellent and wide-ranging work in support of those affected by cancer.

Mr McArthur’s motion draws specific attention to the invaluable support provided by CLAN to those in Orkney and Shetland affected by a cancer diagnosis, including patients, their carers, family and friends. He commends Karen Scott and her team of staff and volunteers in Orkney for their hard work, which is well-supported by fundraising within the local community.

Ahead of anniversary celebrations, Mr McArthur said:

“There will be few people in Orkney that have not been affected by cancer one way or another.  Whether directly or through a family member, friend or work colleague, the impact of a cancer diagnosis can be profound.

“That is why the work that CLAN Cancer Support provide is so invaluable.  I know from personal experience just what a difference that advice and support can make, particularly in the early stages after a diagnosis when people are desperate for information.

“In Orkney we are fortunate to have a superb team of staff and volunteers, led by Karen Scott, that does tremendous work all year round.  From being on hand with advice through to providing a range of classes and complementary therapy sessions, CLAN in Orkney really does help to lighten the load for those in need.

“At the same time, the CLAN Haven has been nothing short of a godsend for those from the isles undergoing treatment in Aberdeen. 

“It is only right, therefore, as it reaches its 35th anniversary that parliament recognises the contribution made by CLAN”.


Notes to Editors: Text of motion

Motion Number: S5M-13635
Lodged By: Liam McArthur
Date Lodged: 27/08/2018

Title: CLAN Cancer Support Reaches 35 Years

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates CLAN Cancer Support on its 35th anniversary, which will be marked in September 2018; recognises that, over these years, CLAN has provided invaluable support to people affected by a cancer diagnosis, including patients, carers, families and friends in Orkney and Shetland, as well as Aberdeen and much of the north east; understands that, in the last financial year, CLAN provided support to over 2,400 clients across more than 18,500 support sessions, at which 42% were patients, 8% were bereaved clients, and 50% were the loved ones of someone going through a cancer diagnosis; commends the work of CLAN’s Children and Families Team on supporting over 350 children and their family members by providing over 9,000 "sleeps" at the CLAN Haven for patients attending hospital in Aberdeen for treatment, and their families; recognises in particular the efforts of CLAN’s Orkney co-ordinator, Karen Scott, and her team of staff and volunteers, on all the work that they do to support people affected by cancer in the islands, including the provision of information, advice and a range of complementary therapies at the CLAN centre in Kirkwall; understands that the activities available in Orkney include health walks, yoga, arts and crafts and healthy eating workshops; believes that this exemplifies the invaluable role that CLAN plays in helping people affected by cancer, and wishes CLAN Cancer Support all the best for the next 35 years and beyond.


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