The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 2 February 2018

Ayr Racecourse and Western House announce Ayrshire Cancer Support as nominated charity partner

By: Iain Ferguson

AYRSHIRE Cancer Support has been announced as the nominated charity partner for Ayr Racecourse and Western House.

The partnership will run for two years, and during that time, in addition to assisting in fund-raising events, the Racecourse and Western House will aim to heighten the public profile of the Ayrshire-wide charity.

[Pictured left to right: Laura Brown, Income and Marketing Manager at Ayrshire Cancer Support, Mark Ellwood, travelling head lad with the Lucinda Russell yard and Behindthelines, and Colette Swain, Operations Manager, Ayr Racecourse at the launch of the partnership between Ayr Racecourse and the charity.]

Sandra McCall, CEO of Ayrshire Cancer Support said: “I am thrilled to have Ayr Racecourse as our latest charity partner. Ayrshire Cancer Support relies on partnerships like this to fund our life-saving work in Ayrshire. It's an honour to work alongside such prestigious businesses like Ayr Racecourse, and our team is looking forward to engaging in this really exciting partnership.”

David Brown, Managing Director of Ayr Racecourse and Western House added: “I am delighted to announce this partnership, which I am sure will help Ayrshire Cancer Support with fundraising and also raise the profile of what is a much valued life-saving charity.

“Right across Ayrshire they carry out endless work helping cancer sufferers and their families and I am honoured the team at Ayr Racecourse and Western House will be working alongside this invaluable charity.”

Ayrshire Cancer Support offer a range of services throughout the district, and has grown considerably since being founded in 1982.

The charity now has 45 volunteer drivers operating out of the two centres in Ayr and Kilmarnock.

This second to none patient transport service provides free transport to people undergoing cancer treatment and attending hospital appointments, with the high percentage of the journeys being made to the Beatson Hospital in Glasgow.

An incredible 600,000 miles a year are driven by Ayrshire Cancer Support volunteers in carrying out this service. The charity employs 15 members of staff as well in addition to a team of more than 320 volunteers.

The vast amount of work carried out by the charity also includes providing face to face free counselling for cancer patients and their families at both the Ayr and Kilmarnock centres, and Ayrshire Cancer Support also provide a range of complementary therapies which help to relieve the symptoms of cancer.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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