ArCaS in £100,000 cancer care boost

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The Arran cancer charity ArCaS is to donate £100,000 to two health projects on the island.

The trust made the announcement at their annual meeting where it was revealed that the charity shop in Brodick raised a remarkable £111,210 in the last financial year to March. And with a further £24,421 received in donations it means the charity raised £135,631.

Now the charity has revealed it is to support a specialist cancer nursing service for the island. Initially they are to invest £30,000 a year for two years to fund the introduction of a dedicated team of nurses to provide palliative care for cancer patients. Although in its infancy, it is hoped the service will eventually provide 24/7 care when required for all cancer patients on Arran.

The service will be run by the Arran Medical Group who received a cheque to help set up the service at the meeting.

In addition the charity has earmarked £40,000 towards the purchase of a  new state of the art X-ray machine for the new A & E department at the Arran War Memorial Hospital in Lamlash.

Chairman Douglas Johnston said the donations and the ongoing work of the charity could not be achieved without the continuing generosity of the people of Arran.

He said:  ‘The trustees and committee of ArCaS would like to thank the  people of Arran for their generosity, donations and support and all the hard working volunteers who have staffed the shop and the mainland drivers for their excellent service.

‘Without this assistance ArCaS would be unable to provide the services to cancer patients and support other organisations.’

Set up in 1989 the trust was established to help relieve the suffering and distress of people with cancer on Arran. Fundraising through their charity shop at the pier in Brodick, which is staffed by volunteers, and donations and bequests. The money raised is used to provide transport to mainland hospitals and any excess funds are dispersed to the community nurses, Arran general surgeries and mainland hospitals that provide diagnostic services and support for cancer patients and their carers.

The annual meeting held in the Glen Cloy suite at the Auchrannie Spa last Wednesday also heard where other funds have been spent.  Transport costs were £24,974, ferry transfer warrants were £525 and complementary therapy was £4,480.

The gifts made by ArCaS were £10,000 to mainland hospitals, which included support Maggie’s Centre in Glasgow to fund a series of gentle exercises classes such as Tai Chi and gentle walking to those affected by cancer, and community nurses who received £351.

If anyone wishes to know more about ArCaS, and the support available to cancer patients, they can visit the Brodick shop and pick up a booklet or visit


ArCas chairman Douglas Johnston presents Arran Medical Group’s Dr Faye Hamill and services manager Ruth Betley with a cheque for £30,000 in support of a specialist cancer nursing service on Arran. 01_B26ArCaS01