About CCLASP

Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP) help children and teenagers suffering from cancer or leukaemia in Scotland. We also help diagnosed families and bereaved families express and share with each other the feelings, anxieties, and horror of having a child with a life-threatening illness and provide practical and emotional support.

Our Story

CCLASP was set up by Valerie and Bill Simpson after their own son, Robert, was diagnosed with AML adult leukaemia at six years old. Being told their youngest child had a 30% chance of survival was devastating and changed their lives completely. Once he made a full recovery, after years of gruelling treatment, Valerie and Bill vowed to dedicate the rest of their lives helping others through their own experience and decided to set up the charity. Based in Edinburgh, CCLASP was born in 1994 and has gone on to supports hundreds of families across Scotland providing countless holidays, transport, events, and support to families whose child or relative is going through treatment for cancer or leukaemia. This was the vision for CCLASP and still remains so today with the help of a great team who work tirelessly to make the charity a success. After such a tough start in life, Robert Simpson now lives healthily and is married with twins. Megan, his wife, dedicates her time working for CCLASP and is reminded through her husband of just how important their work is.

About CCLASP

The Simpson family

Our Aim

At CCLASP we strive to raise a smile for the families we look after. By providing non-stop support and care we bring light and hope when days seem dark and allow memories to be made. Personal experience allows us to understand the emotional turmoil of having a child with a life-threatening illness and we promise to provide help to make the emotional and practical journey that tiny bit easier.

Meet The Team

Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson

Founder & Managing Director

Valerie is responsible for the overall running of CCLASP. Giving presentations and talks on her work is her forte and she never leaves a dry eye in the room. Valerie strives to make CCLASP’s services available to everybody that needs it and builds strong relationships with the families she meets.

Brenda MacDonald

Brenda MacDonald

General Manager

Brenda handles the running of the office and the wealth of tasks that it brings with it. Supporting all of the staff, she helps CCLASP to run smoothly and manages everything from donations to party planning. Brenda has been with CCLASP since it began in 1994.

Megan Simpson

Megan Simpson

Admin Assistant

Megan coordinates the administrative side of the business helping with bookings for holidays, writing newsletters, managing meetings and everything else in-between. Working closely with Brenda, Megan ensures the CCLASP office is well looked after.

Bill Simpson

Bill Simpson

Founder & Transport Manager

Bill spends his days providing transport in our bespoke minibus, collecting children & their parents at home and taking them to and from hospital appointments and treatment. Bill is a friendly face amongst the children and makes them feel at ease when travelling to their hospital visit and keeps parents calm too.


Gemma Tyrell

Gemma Tyrell

Trustee & Treasurer

Gemma joined the CCLASP board in 2016, taking on the role of Treasurer after being introduced to their work by a friend. She currently works in financial services where she has for the last 10 years been employed as a Financial Analyst in both Risk and Reporting. As such, she brings to CCLASP a deep commercial understanding and knowledge of corporate governance to support their continued growth.

Eleanor Mowat

Eleanor Mowat

Trustee & Chairwoman

Eleanor has been involved with CCLASP since 1994 when her youngest daughter Rachael was diagnosed with cancer. Rachael went on to have 6 months of chemotherapy and Eleanor and the rest of her family felt loving support by CCLASP during these difficult months. Eleanor currently supports the charity in her role as Chairwoman.

Willie McEwan

Willie McEwan

Trustee

Willie has been a trustee at CCLASP for twenty years working voluntarily to help develop the charity. As chair of his local enterprise company which helps local people set up their own businesses, Willie has lots of commercial experience and is using this to project manage the build of our new drop-in centre which is due to open later in 2017.