Chai launches in Glasgow

By Stephanie Brickman, April 15, 2010

The support services of Chai Cancer Care are being extended through a partnership with Jewish Care Scotland.

A breast cancer awareness event in Glasgow addressed by emeritus professor of surgery Michael Baum will formally launch the collaboration next month. However, significant demand for the advice, counselling and therapies offered by Chai for patients and their families has already been identified north of the border.

It will work from the purpose-built Giffnock complex of Jewish Care Scotland, which currently supports a number of cancer sufferers.

Outgoing Jewish Care chief executive Ethne Woldman said there was "great respect" for Chai's services. "A diagnosis of cancer affects whole families as well as the patient. We're very happy to provide Chai with accommodation.

"They have sophisticated knowledge of different kinds of cancer and what help is appropriate to the individuals and their families."

Her Chai counterpart Elaine Kerr reported "a warm welcome in Glasgow" and expressed gratitude to Jewish Care Scotland "for their unwavering support and partnership". It was another example of maximising potential by "sharing resources and expertise".

Beyond its main centre in north London, Chai runs satellite services in Redbridge, south London and Manchester. Some people are seen in their homes. Over the past few years, its clientele has more than doubled to 1,300.

Last updated: 4:25pm, April 15 2010