Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson MP and Ross Finnie MSP have tabled Parliamentary motions in Westminster and Holyrood in support of the Beatson Pebble Appeal.
The Pebble Appeal is raising funds to build the Beatson Translational Research Centre, which will be the final element in the creation of the Glasgow Centre for Cancer Research. The new centre will convert basic cancer research into real improvements in treatments for patients, focusing upon especially common tumours, those that cause the most deaths in Scotland such as endocrine (breast, prostate and ovarian); smoking related (lung, throat, oral) and gastrointestinal cancer.
The Beatson Translational Research Centre is being jointly developed by the University of Glasgow, the Beatson Institute, Cancer Research UK and the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. Since the campaign was launched in the summer of 2007, over £1.5 million has been pledged.
Commenting, Jo Swinson said:
“Glasgow has been named the ‘cancer capital of Europe’, and 41 people die of cancer every day in Scotland. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and that’s why it’s so important that the Pebble Appeal receives as much support as possible. I will be doing the Great Scottish Run half marathon in September to raise money for the Pebble Appeal, and I am encouraging others to do their bit, whether it’s making a donation via the website or organising a fundraising event.”