New patron for cancer charity

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CLAN Cancer Support has enlisted one of the most eminent medical professionals in Scotland as a patron of the charity.

Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie, Director of Public Health at NHS Grampian, has accepted the role in what is a milestone year for the organisation as it marks its 30th anniversary.

He brings to CLAN a wealth of experience and expertise gained during a long and distinguished career in medicine.

Knighted in 2011 in recognition of his services to the NHS in Scotland, Sir Lewis was born and educated in Fraserburgh. He has worked as a GP at Peterhead Health Centre and Community Hospital for almost his entire career and has combined that role with a variety of national professional commitments.

He has been James Mackenzie Professor of General Practice at the University of Aberdeen since 1992 and chairs the Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee as well as serving as a National Specialty Adviser in general practice to the Chief Medical Officer, Scotland.

Commenting on his appointment as patron, Sir Lewis said: “The impact of cancer on every community cannot be underestimated and the support mechanism pioneered by CLAN Cancer Support in the north and north-east of Scotland over the last three decades has been exemplary.

“Just as the medical profession strives to continuously evolve, so too has the model for CLAN’s excellent services.

“What has remained constant has been the ethos of the organisation and the determination to care for and comfort anyone affected by cancer.

“I am delighted to serve as a patron of such a well respected and much loved organisation and look forward to working with the dedicated team at CLAN to ensure the next chapter is as successful as those which have already been written.”

Sir Lewis, whose interests outside of medicine include classical music, art and military history, joins an existing group of CLAN patrons which includes representatives from spheres including the media and professional sport.

Debbie Thomson, CEO of CLAN, said: “We are privileged to announce Sir Lewis has accepted the invitation to become a patron of the charity.

“His knowledge and understanding will be incredibly valuable assets to CLAN as we enter the next stage of our development and we are indebted to him for agreeing to share those with us and to spare his time to fulfil this role.”

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort support 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 effects of a serious illness.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

CLAN has a wide presence across the Aberdeenshire area with branches in Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Stonehaven. It also operates in Kirkwall and Lerwick.