BEM awards for Friends of Beatson founders

l to r Ian Dickson & Alan Kilpatrick recipients of The British Empire Medal proudly show their medals at The Friends of The Beatson Annual Sporting Dinner in Glasgow Hilton @GaryBrown/StockPix.EU

l to r Ian Dickson & Alan Kilpatrick recipients of The British Empire Medal proudly show their medals at The Friends of The Beatson Annual Sporting Dinner in Glasgow Hilton @GaryBrown/StockPix.EU

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TWO founding members of a cancer support charity that has raised millions for suffers were presented with special awards by Prince Edward.

Former cancer sufferers Ian Dickson (62) and Alan Kilpatrick (46), both businessmen from Milngavie, were among five people to receive British Empire Medals from The Earl of Wessex when he paid a visit to Bearsden Academy earlier this month.

Ian, who is chairman and Alan, who is director of the Friends of the Beatson charity, have helped raise £3.2m to improve care for cancer patients.

He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1988 and after surgery he attended the Beatson for radiotherapy five days each week for a month.

Ian said: “It is very humbling to receive such an honour but most importantly it is recognition of the impact that the charity has had on the lives of cancer patients in the West of Scotland. Knowing that the work we have done has gone some way to improving their experience as they battle cancer is the greatest reward of all.”

The two men established Friends of the Beatson in 1995 to provide practical comfort and support for those being treated for cancer at the centre.

Alan said: “I am honoured that Ian and I have been chosen to receive the medals. They recognise not just our hard work but that of everyone who has helped us raise over £3m for the charity, providing support and comfort to thousands of Scottish cancer patients each year.”

He received treatment for testicular cancer in 1985 when he was a 19 year old student at Glasgow University and became involved in cancer charity work shortly after.

Alan teamed up with Ian in 1995 to become the co-found Friends of the Beatson.