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Gartnavel Chapel – Cancer Support Centre shortlisted for National Lottery Awards

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This project has transformed the disused and dilapidated Gartnavel Royal Hospital Chapel into a flagship complementary therapy centre for cancer patients, run by the charity Cancer Support Scotland. It is the only project in Scotland to have made it through from 900 nominees (across the award categories) to the final 7 in the ‘Best Heritage Project’ category of the National Lottery Awards.

The National Lottery Awards recognise and reward the inspirational impact of National Lottery funded projects across all sections of society and this project strongly reflects this. We were thrilled to be helped at an early stage by a grant of just over £365,000 from the National Lottery Awards towards the £1.5 million needed to save the building and give it a new purpose as the Calman Cancer Support Centre.

This rare, Category B listed Arts and Crafts chapel was designed by JJ Burnet in 1904 and the new Centre has been judged to be a great success both in terms of saving a valuable part of our heritage and providing a bespoke place for offering emotional and practical support to anyone affected by cancer across Scotland, including families, friends and carers.

As with many of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust’s (GBPT) projects, the aim is to carefully combine the conservation of original features with new interventions to enable a building to be fit for purpose. In this project, the beautiful stained glass windows, wooden trusses and choir stalls have been retained and conserved, to create a calm and welcoming space, enabling the building to become a sanctuary once again. The new facility has trebled Cancer Support Scotland’s capacity and helped them meet the growing demand for their valuable services.

Located close to the Beatson Oncology Department at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow, the new centre allows Cancer Support Scotland to deliver an extensive range of complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, reflexology and stress management and talking therapies such as counselling and group sessions.

This has been a creative and imaginative partnership project between GBPT, Cancer Support Scotland, the NHS, Glasgow City Council and the wider community with far-reaching and long-term benefits. Throughout all stages of the project, people of all ages and backgrounds have been involved, including primary and secondary school pupils, local college students, apprentices and volunteers.

It would mean so much to everyone involved in this worthwhile project to win the award and we hope that all of Scotland will get behind us and vote for Gartnavel Chapel – Cancer Support Centre!


Posted: 19th June 2013