Shetland’s MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart, has raised awareness for brain tumours this World Cancer Day (Friday 4th February). It is also the 20th anniversary of Cancer Research UK's formation following the merger of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Cancer Research Campaign.
Taking part in a debate on World Cancer earlier in the week Ms Wishart raised brain tumour awareness and cited historical underfunding in that area of cancer research, just 1 per cent of the national spend. Ms Wishart also pointed to Covid-19’s impact on fundraising and diagnosis.
Wishart also took the opportunity to praise the recent fundraiser for Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Shetland on what would normally have been Lerwick Up-Helly-A’ night and which raised more than £13,000, as well as calling for those eligible to get a cervical screening following data showing a fall in those coming forward in Shetland and across Scotland.
Ms Wishart also mentioned an event she was set to host with Brain Tumour Research in the Scottish Parliament but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 2020 lockdown measures. March has been brain tumour awareness month since 2004.
Ms Wishart said:
“Charities have seen a fall in donations as a consequence of lockdown measures yet many areas of cancer research rely on charity donations and we need to ensure they are able to keep up the work that they do.
“Cancer Research UK turns 20 years old this year, and its legacy is great amount of awareness it has raised and lives saved.
Notes to Editors
You can watch Ms Wishart’s speech here.
Brain Tumour Research’s website can be found here.