Royal Visit Celebrating Volunteers


Prince Charles visit to Glasgow

On Friday 3rd of May our volunteers, staff and people who use our services had met HRH Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay. The Prince attended an event  hosted by Macmillan, at the Glasgow Mitchell library. The event celebrated the amazing volunteers delivering Cancer Services in and around Glasgow.

Royal Seal of Approval

The Prince visited as Patron of Macmillan to find out more about Macmillan Information & Support Services and Partners.  As Partners, Cancer Support Scotland, plays a key role in delivering Counselling and Complementary therapy services within Glasgow Libraries.

For Prince Charles it was an opportunity to meet the people directly involved in delivering the services. Also time to talk to those benefiting from the counselling and complementary therapy services. It was wonderful to showcase the diverse range of cancer services available for people living in and around Glasgow.

Prince Charles time with Cancer Support Scotland

On the day, Prince Charles spent time speaking with our volunteer complementary therapist Karen Watson and volunteer counsellor Denise Atcheson. It is testament to our volunteers that Charles extended his allotted time with them, to hear first-hand about their valuable work. It shows that he truly values our services and was keen to find out as much as possible.

It comes as no surprise that Charles, a champion of organic farming and health since 1980s is a strong advocate of Reiki and all forms of complementary therapy. It also came to light his sister Anne recognises the importance of complementary therapy for people with cancer.

People who used our services had an audience with Prince Charles and shared their experiences with Cancer Support Scotland. Charles spent time talking to Pamela Burns, one of our service users, who shared her very personal story with him.

Charles, also met with our CEO Rob Murray and Chair Jack Ogston to hear more about Cancer Support Scotland and our heritage. Turned out Charles knew our founder Sir Kenneth Calman. This connection with our charity further reinforces that Prince Charles is very much in tune with the work that we do.

A voice for people with Cancer

It was a wonderful day with such a warm and positive feeling around the room. For us a charity supporting people with Cancer it was an extremely important day. It was an opportunity to talk about what we do with a hugely influential figure – giving a voice to those affected by Cancer in Scotland.

If you would like to find out more about counselling and complementary therapy for people affected by Cancer visit our services web page.


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