Crerar hits back at cancer with £10,000 donation to Macmillan

Crerar Trust has thrown its support behind the fight against cancer, following a £10,000 donation to Macmillan Cancer Support during a special cheque presentation at Crerar Oban Bay Hotel & Spa, on Monday, July 1. 

The charity group, which focuses on supporting cancer sufferers and their loved ones, is one of more than 120 charities to receive a monetary donation from the trust.

Pippa Westwood from Macmillan Cancer Support said the £10,000 from the Crerar Trust would go toward refurbishing the Macmillan Chemotherapy/Haematology Unit at Lorn and Islands Hospital in Oban.

“As a charity, our income absolutely depends on voluntary donations,” Ms Westwood said.

“We simply wouldn’t be able to establish new services to improve the lives of people affected by cancer without the generosity of supporters like the Crerar Hotels.”

Crerar Trust Chairman Paddy Crerar, said he was humbled by the work that Macmillan Cancer Support provided for those fighting cancer. 

“When you look at the work that Macmillan do to help those in such difficult circumstances its humbling. Giving £10,000 seems small by comparison, but we hope it will help make a difference,” Paddy said.

“That’s help we can offer thanks entirely to the customers that use our hotels – without their patronage we could give nothing back. It’s our customers that are making the difference to everyday lives. Crerar Hotels are just the conduit,” Paddy added.

The refurbishment to the hospital was vital to the recovery process of patients. Ms Westwood said the environment in which patients receive their diagnosis, treatment and care can make a substantial difference to how well they cope throughout treatment and on their outlook for the future.

“That is why we need to refurbish this unit, so patients will be able to access the best care and treatment as well as specialist information about all cancer types and sources of support.”

Ms Westwood said thanks to Crerar’s gift, Macmillan would be able to ensure the 1,000 local patients who visit the unit each year get the treatment they deserve in a calming, welcoming environment specifically designed to meet their care needs