A SCOTTISH charity which offered support sessions for anyone affected by cancer has announced its shock closure with immediate effect after more than 40 years.

Cancer Support Scotland, which was the only charity dedicated to offering wellbeing sessions for anyone affected by cancer, including family members and carers, confirmed the news on Wednesday, June 12.

The charity cited rising costs, challenging operating conditions, and a reduction in fundraising income over the last few years, as the main reasons why they had to make the tough decision.

They also thanked staff and volunteers, from past to present, for their time and effort in the bid to make a positive impact on the lives of people with cancer.

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A statement posted by the charity read: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the immediate closure of Cancer Support Scotland.

“Throughout 2024 the trustees, management team and staff have worked tirelessly to find a way forward that would allow the charity to continue to deliver its support to people affected by cancer, but this has not been possible.

“The need for wellbeing support for those affected by cancer has continued to grow – but sadly a combination of rising costs, challenging operating conditions and a reduction in fundraising income over the last few years left the trustees with no other choice but to close the charity.”

The statement added: “Even in the most challenging of times, our services have continued and thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters Cancer Support Scotland was able to deliver services up until the day of closure.”

The charity has also said if anyone who is affected by cancer, and needs to speak to somebody, to call the Macmillan Cancer Support line on 0808 808 0000.