Buses take message of hope to cancer patients

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Buses in East Dunbartonshire are helping Macmillan Cancer Support reach out to around 4,100 people living with a cancer diagnosis in the area by raising awareness of the next phrase of Macmillan’s Not Alone campaign.

First Glasgow has donated more than £10,000 worth of advertising space on 400 of its buses to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The number of people living with a cancer diagnosis in East Dunbartonshire is currently around 4,100 and this is expected to almost double to around 7,100 by 2030.

Employees at First Glasgow and its parent company, FirstGroup, selected Macmillan as their national charity partner in 2012.

As part of the partnership First will donate around £80,000 worth of advertising space on buses throughout the UK, including 400 buses in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, to help direct more people to Macmillan’s services.

Fiona Kerr, Managing Director of First Glasgow, said: “We are very proud to support Macmillan and those across Greater Glasgow who are affected by cancer. We hope our partnership with Macmillan and the advertising on our buses will mean more people can be signposted to Macmillan’s fantastic services so that they don’t have to face cancer alone.”

Sally Hill, Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “I’d like to say thank you to First Glasgow for its ongoing support of our Not Alone campaign. The advertising space on First buses will help us to reach out to many more members of the local community who are affected by cancer. We need to ensure that people are aware of the support available to them, and First’s support of our Not Alone campaign is very important as a result.”