Media Release: Brian Adam MSP opens CLAN Cancer Support headquarters

A NORTH-east cancer support charity has marked the official opening of its purpose-designed headquarters (Tuesday, May 22).

CLAN Cancer Support welcomed Brian Adam MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Parliamentary Business, to the centre on Westburn Road, Aberdeen, which the charity moved to at the end of 2011, following a successful fundraising campaign.

Since moving to the new CLAN House, the charity has already been able to increase the services and support it previously offered to anyone affected by cancer in the North-east of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland.

During the visit, Mr Adam toured the centre, seeing first-hand the full range of services on offer to CLAN clients.

This included the centre’s dedicated accommodation facility, CLAN Haven, and an area designed specifically for the charity’s children and family therapeutic service.

The MSP also spoke to a CLAN client, who was receiving a reflexology treatment from one of the charity’s complementary therapists.

Mr Adam was also able to see the charity in action in Orkney and Shetland through a video link to Kirkwall and Orkney. The charity has strong links in both areas. It has a centre in Orkney and has recently established a permanent base in Shetland.

On opening the centre, Brian Adam MSP, praised the continuing work of the charity.

He said: “Through my work as MSP, I know how vital charities such as CLAN Cancer Support are to people when they are a facing life-changing event such as a cancer diagnosis.

“I was pleased to be able to join CLAN for the official opening of its new cancer support centre and to hear first-hand about the important work the charity is doing.

“I am greatly impressed by the wide range of services on offer from the charity throughout the North-east, and also the overwhelming sense of warmth and support from everyone involved with the charity.”

CLAN chief executive, Debbie Thomson, accompanied the MSP during the visit and was delighted to be able to show the diverse range of services the charity provides.

She said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome Mr Adam to CLAN House to officially open our centre.

“During the visit I was able to show him the important services we deliver to patients, families and carers on a day to day basis, providing care and support for people throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

“Since moving to our purpose built centre we have received a great deal of positive feedback from clients who have praised the warm and welcoming feel the new building has. To be able to share this milestone with our dedicated team of fundraisers, supporters, staff and colleagues was extremely important to us.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfortsupport and information, free of charge, for anyone, of any age, affected by any type of cancer.

CLAN aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the affects of a serious illness.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of Grampian, Orkney and Shetland. CLAN has a presence in Ballater, Inverurie, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

For further information about CLAN Cancer Support please telephone 01224 647000 or visit


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