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The Howat Foundation

The Howat Foundation was founded by Malcolm and Margaret Howat in 2009. They support translational research benefiting general cancer patients through the University of Glasgow by providing donations and direct funding of medical staff, purchase of equipment, and contributions to capital projects, all with the purpose of furthering ground breaking advances.

In 2005 Margaret Howat was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. She endured punishing treatment, however was lucky to have a successful Bone Marrow transplant and was able to continue to lead a very normal life. The thought of children experiencing cancer and invasive treatment caused deep concern to Margaret and her family and three years after Margaret’s transplant a friend invited her to a CCLASP ball where she watched a video of the work that CCLASP carry out. It was here that The Howat Foundation decided to help the charity and later went on to donate funds to buy outright the respite cottage at Muthill.

CCLASP founders Valerie & Bill Simpson with Malcolm Howat Snr and Malcom Howat Jnr

CCLASP founders Valerie & Bill Simpson with Malcolm Howat Snr and Malcom Howat Jnr

In 2015, whilst attending the CCLASP 21st Anniversary Ball,  the generosity of The Howat Foundation was furthered when they made an incredible donation of £1 million to fund the total build cost of a new bespoke drop-in centre for CCLASP, within minutes’ walk of the new Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital that will be locating there in 2017. Thanks to The Howat Foundation, CCLASP’s dream to move to a bigger and better premises to continue to offer valuable support services has been fulfilled.