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Gamba Raises £5000 for Cancer Support Scotland

Award winning seafood restaurant, Gamba has raised over £5,000 for Cancer Support Scotland after a charity dinner and donations from diners during the last two months. Today (Wednesday, 12th February) saw head chef and owner Derek Marshall present Cancer Support Scotlands’ chief executive Colin Graham with a grand cheque outside Gamba on West George Street.

Fundraising kicked off with kind-hearted staff from the restaurant donating their time for free to host an evening for Cancer Support Scotland; from the kitchen to the front of house, as well as complementary ingredients provided from local suppliers in the city.

Dinner guests were not left disappointed as executive chef and proprietor Derek Marshall devised and cooked an outstanding three course £50 menu which included dressed, hand-picked white Portland crab meat with horseradish, red pepper and smoked caviar, and a delicious main of Isle of Gigha halibut with peat Smoked haddock, peas, savoy cabbage, scallop cream, seared scallop and fondant potato. All proceeds from the event went to help Cancer Support Scotland continue to provide their vital services.

Further fundraising took place during the months of December and January, with £1 per table added to the bills of charitable diners at the seafood eatery, boosting the fundraising total to a massive £5,000.

Gamba customers backed the fundraising drive whole-heartedly, Derek explains:

“Our customers recognise that it’s important to support the local community and have backed our fundraising 100%. This time of year can be hard for those in the third sector with Christmas and the long wait to pay day in January but it’s imperative that they receive the finance to thrive and provide the outstanding work they do.

“We support many different charities throughout the year and try to give back to people that need it most including Cancer Support Scotland, StreetSmart and many more including BoBath, The Weir Family Foundation, Love Food, Give Food and the STV Appeal.“The work that Cancer Support Scotland carries out can make a real difference to people affected by cancer. For anyone considering a charity to support, then the efforts of Colin and his incredible team at Cancer Support Scotland are worthy of your support. We would also like to extend our thanks to our guests, suppliers and hard-working staff who make the fundraising possible.”

Cancer Support Scotland – based at the Calman Cancer Centre close to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre – provide free emotional and practical support to anyone in Scotland affected by cancer, including family, friends and carers.

Money raised from Gamba will fund over 160 Complementary and Talking therapy appointments with Cancer Support Scotland’s professionally trained therapists. Complementary Therapies such as massage, aromatherapy and reiki can help people relax, reduce anxiety and for some it can reduce the pain associated with cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. Talking therapies can support people who are feeling anxious, fearful or depressed. The opportunity to talk in confidence to someone who understands the challenges a cancer diagnosis can bring is a real comfort to those who use the service.

Colin Graham, chief executive of Cancer Support Scotland says: “Gamba continues to support us year-after-year.  People come to Cancer Support Scotland because they are feeling depressed, lonely, isolated, confused or in despair and without continued efforts by businesses such as Gamba, our work would not be possible. Thank you to Derek and his team for choosing to fund our work and help us to reach families in Scotland in need of our support.

“2013 was a successful year for us as we doubled the number of appointments we provided. In 2014 we are looking to build on this success by further increasing the number of appointments we can provide by developing our outreach centres that are run in conjunction with Glasgow Life and Macmillan Cancer Support. Currently we provide services in Dennistoun, Easterhouse, Renfrew and Mitchell Libraries and by the end of 2014 we hope to also provide our much needed services in Pollock, Campbeltown and Argyll and Bute. ”

Gamba is located at 225a West George Street, Glasgow. For more information log on to the Gamba.

To donate or seek support from Cancer Support Scotland call the office on 0141 337 8199 or log onto the website at www.cancersupportscotland.org