Gathering raises vital funds for Beatson Cancer Centre


AN amazing £15,000 has been raised to help cancer patients in memory of a young man who lost his battle with the disease.

Alan Oliver and friends formed ‘The Gathering’ in 2006, following the death of their friend Ivor Clark.

Over the years the group has held events in Milngavie Town Hall and has raised around £45,000 for the Friends of the Beatson charity.

Their latest event included a dinner, music, entertainment, a raffle and auction.

Friends of the Beatson opened a unique centre within the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, at Gartnavel Hospital, to make the lives of patients more tolerable when in hospital having cancer treatment.

The centre includes a cinema, library and chill-out spaces.

Alan Oliver, who lives in Bearsden, said: “We lost our close friend, Ivor, to cancer in his early 30s.

“This was prior to the opening of the Friends of the Beatson Centre.


“But when we found out through another friend that the ground-breaking facility was being planned it was an obvious choice for our support.

“The new centre and non-clinical therapies offered by Friends of the Beatson really do make the lives of patients more tolerable when having their cancer treatment.”

Friends of the Beatson have raised more thqan £2.6million since forming in 1995.