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CMS staff get behind Lanarkshire Beatson Business Community Appeal

29 Jan 2016

Staff at CMS Window Systems raised more than £6500 for the new Lanarkshire Beatson by generously giving up part of their wages every week during November and donating the total to Beatson Cancer Charity.

The fundraising effort for Beatson Cancer Charity is part of a £500,000 appeal to help fund a wide range of patient and family support services, quiet areas and outdoor spaces at the new £22 million Lanarkshire Beatson radiotherapy treatment centre at Monklands General Hospital in Airdrie, which opened in November. This will deliver treatments to 1,200 people from across the Lanarkshire region every year, the area in which most CMS employees and their families live.

The initiative was wholeheartedly backed by the CMS workforce spanning all the company’s departments, including production staff on the fabrication lines and the installation teams. Their valuable individual contributions were matched pound for pound by the company too, as it further supported the efforts of its staff.

Driving the fundraising campaign was CMS apprentice Rachel Clark, whose grandfather has been one of the first patients to benefit from the state of the art radiotherapy treatment centre. Rachel says, “The Lanarkshire Beatson provides superb treatment and care as my grandfather and my family have seen first-hand, so it has been fantastic to give something back and get involved in raising money for the facility. The response from my colleagues has been tremendous, and I’m sure everyone wishes Beatson Cancer Charity the very best of luck in their future fundraising efforts.”

CMS Business Systems Director, Martin McCrimmon was also keen for the company to get behind the fundraising initiative as part of their commitment to vital charitable causes which benefit the local community.  He says, “We never lose sight of our position as an integral part of our local community – many of our staff live locally and it’s great to be able to play a part in helping to fund first rate local facilities like the Lanarkshire Beatson. The response from our team has been extremely generous so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the fundraising effort.”

Charlene Elliott, Head of Development at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to CMS Window Systems’ employees for the huge support they have demonstrated by so generously donating part of their wages to our fundraising appeal. This is a truly inspiring way to raise money for the world class radiotherapy treatment centre.  “The money raised from the appeal will go towards funding a whole range of patient and family support services like massage and Reiki which help people cope with pain, insomnia and anxiety.  It will also help to create a contemporary, non-clinical environment with relaxing indoor and outdoor spaces and quieter areas which allow patients to share worries or discuss treatment plans with staff. We hope this fantastic fundraising initiative will inspire so many more Lanarkshire businesses to dig deep and support Beatson Cancer Charity.”

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