Fighting cancer over several years

Four members of the Clan Cancer Support team, who are all based in Aberdeen, reach milestones with the charity this year.

Duncan Charles, Clan’s senior finance administrator, is the longest-serving member of the team with 14 years of service.

Colleagues Claire Craik, finance administrator, Susan Christie, head of finance and legal, and HR administrator Bee McNaught all mark 11 years with Clan this year.

As head of finance and legal, Susan Christie is responsible for Clan’s financial wellbeing. This includes setting the financial strategy and setting, monitoring and reporting against annual budgets. Susan said: “I started at Clan on the day of the internal launch for the 123 Campaign and I felt extremely proud in November 2011 when we moved in to Clan House and opened our doors to the public.

“In the 10-year period, I have watched Clan’s network of cancer support services grow in both offering and geographical coverage, providing the best possible support for those affected by a cancer diagnosis right in the heart of local communities.

“In 2008, it cost us £830,000 to deliver the services provided and it now costs £2.6 million such is our expansion and the growing need for our services.


“I am so proud to work for a well-respected local charity that is innovative and forward thinking and has managed to not only provide services to everyone affected by cancer, but also develop and expand these in the current difficult local economic climate.”

Duncan Charles started work with Clan’s fundraising team while he was studying at university and took the opportunity to cross to the finance team.

Claire Craik joined the team as an administrator to the finance and fundraising teams during the start of the charity’s 123 campaign.

She said: “I’ve been very fortunate to share a lot of happy memories with my team at Clan, including getting married and having my two boys. I was determined to be back from my maternity leave for the opening of Clan House in November 2011.”

Bee McNaught originally joined Clan as PA to the then chief executive, Debbie Thomson, and after she had her children she secured the role of part-time HR administrator.

Clan is an independent charity, which provides a range of cancer support services and information, free of charge, for anyone affected by cancer. Clan aims to support people to reduce anxiety, stress and to increase their ability to cope with the effects of a serious illness.

Based in Aberdeen, the charity covers the whole of north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. Clan has a presence in Ballater, Banchory, Crimond, Elgin, Buckie, Forres, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Lossiemouth, Peterhead, Turriff, Kirkwall and Lerwick.

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