Jo Swinson MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to help bring forward the day when all cancer is cured.
The East Dunbartonshire MP met staff and volunteers at the charity’s Kirkintilloch shop on Friday 01 December to play her part and show how local people can support the charity.
Last year Cancer Research UK shops raised £80 million. The visit to the Kirkintilloch shop was an opportunity to meet with local volunteers who are supporting the charity’s lifesaving research.
“I was delighted to visit the Cancer Research UK shop in Kirkintilloch to find out more about the hard work done behind the scenes by the manager Ruby and her dedicated volunteers.
“Research is cancer’s number one enemy, which is why this fundraising is so important.
“Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK’s work is helping to ensure more men, women and children survive the disease. Everyone knows someone with cancer – my dad is currently going through chemotherapy, so I am acutely aware of the challenges and need for research.
“This is something that affects all of us. That’s why I’m encouraging the local community to use their local Cancer Research UK shops to help beat cancer sooner.”
Jo is encouraging people to support the charity in any way they can, whether it’s donating or buying Christmas cards and gifts from the shop, volunteering for a few hours a week, or signing up for a sporting challenge.
Cancer Research UK’s Kirkintilloch shop manager, Ruby McGregor, said:
“Every donation made, every hour volunteered and every person who supports Cancer Research UK takes us closer to beating cancer sooner.
“We hope the people of Kirkintilloch will really get behind us. We’ve got a great choice of Christmas cards and gifts, and of course we’re always looking for people to donate more items.
“It’s great to have the support of Jo Swinson MP raising awareness, as there’s still so much more we need to do to ensure no-one’s life is cut short by cancer. But by boosting support and funding now, the best research teams will be able to develop better ways to prevent, control and cure the disease and help save many more lives.”
To find out more about how to support Cancer Research UK please visit cruk.org.