Walk the Walk grants £20,000 to Beatson Cancer Charity for its Specialist Health and Work Service

The service makes such a huge difference to so many people and their families.

SHAWS team member - Rebecca Duthart

We’re delighted to have awarded £20,000 to Beatson Cancer Charity for its Specialist Health and Work Service (SHAWS), based on the grounds of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.

The service offers advice and support with work-related queries to anyone affected by cancer, as well as supporting those who are caring for someone with cancer.

Many cancer patients may struggle to remain in work, return to work or retire/move on from work in a positive way, because of their diagnosis and treatment. Through its support, Beatson Cancer Charity aims to help improve self-esteem, reduce stress and anxiety through coaching, mentoring, psychological support, benefits advice, group workshops and working directly with employers.

Nikki Etheridge, specialist health and work practitioner at Beatson Cancer Charity, said:-

“We are so grateful for the grant funding that we’ve received from Walk the Walk. It makes a huge difference. It allows us to continue running the service. We want the service to be as accessible as possible and to reach as many people as possible so anyone who has a cancer diagnosis knows where to go for support around work-related queries.  That means we can develop our workshops, we can offer more 1-2-1 support and maybe even scope to do some more support with employers as well.” 

Nina Barough CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Walk the Walk added:-

"Walk the Walk is incredibly proud to be granting funding to Beatson Cancer Charity, who offer invaluable advice and support to patients following a cancer diagnosis. I know from my own experience how frightening and isolating a cancer diagnosis can be and that the Specialist Health and Work Service makes such a huge difference to so many people and their families by offering help and advice at an incredibly difficult time in their lives.  Whilst Walk the Walk supports its own campaigns, we also help other charities to meet their aims, and grants like this one are very exciting and wonderful to share with Walk the Walk’s fundraisers – I cannot thank these generous and wonderful people enough!”  

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