Text for Tommy: Beatson lab campaign is launched

Issued: Tue, 06 Sep 2011 17:00:00 BST

A campaign to raise £1.2m to build a laboratory in memory of former Celtic FC player and manager Tommy Burns has been launched by the Beatson Institute and the University of Glasgow.

The Tommy Burns Lab will support cancer research at the new  £10m Beatson Translational Research Centre being constructed at the University’s Garscube Campus.Tommy Burns

The campaign, launched and supported by the Daily Record, is urging donors to text the word ‘Tommy’ to 70099 to donate £1 (plus their standard network charge) or to complete an online form.

The Beatson Translational Research Centre is the final element in the creation of a hub for cancer research and will convert basic research into real improvements in treatment for patients.

Daily Record: Text for Tommy

The Centre will focus especially on common tumours that cause the most deaths in Scotland, such as breast, prostate, ovarian, lung, throat, oral and gastrointestinal cancers.

Professor Karen Vousden, Director of the Beatson Institute, said: “Tommy Burns was a widely-respected and much-loved football player and individual who died aged just 51-years-old from skin cancer.

“The Beatson Institute, University of Glasgow and Tommy’s family felt that honouring him in this way was a fitting tribute to a man who was so keen to help others. The lab will be a permanent tribute to Tommy that will help save lives.”

For more information contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email stuart.forsyth@glasgow.ac.uk