Brave Heather praises charity partnership

Heather duff, broadcaster cat cubie and cancer scientist professor steve pollard

ScottishPower has raised over £25 million for Cancer Research UK through a variety of initiatives

3rd December 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

An inspirational woman who faces surgery for brain cancer just days before Christmas has praised a partnership between a charity and an energy giant.

Heather Duff, 33, will undergo the nine-hour procedure called a craniotomy at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh on 9 December.

It will be the third brain surgery for Duff who was guest of honour at an event in Glasgow yesterday hosted by broadcaster Cat Cubie (Nov 28) to mark the partnership between ScottishPower and Cancer Research UK.

ScottishPower has raised over £25 million for Cancer Research UK through a variety of initiatives and events including sponsorship of Race for Life, Stand Up To Cancer, employee and supplier fundraising, as well as creating a bespoke, Help Beat Cancer energy tariff.

Duff said: “I hope that one day we will understand more about brain cancer and this will empower scientists and doctors with the knowledge they need to find a cure that will benefit people from all over the world.

“I’d like to thank all at ScottishPower who work relentlessly to raise funds which allows research to continue. Research to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured is what gives my family, my friends and me the hope we need.”

Duff, who is a fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK, was successfully treated for cervical cancer aged 27 but in May 2018 was diagnosed with brain cancer. She lives in Winchburgh near Edinburgh with her husband Gordon Duff, 38, and pet dogs Parsnip and Pumpkin, and has also reached out to other people with cancer through her blog,

ScottishPower launched its partnership with Cancer Research UK in 2012.

Heather Smyth, head of marketing communications at ScottishPower said: “We’re delighted to support Cancer Research UK and it’s been a privilege to hear from Heather today.

“In 2012 we began our partnership with Cancer Research UK and since then have been proud to support their life-saving work. Over the years our employees have taken part in sponsored runs, Pretty Muddy events and have been passionate about raising money for an important cause. To date, we have raised over £25 million for the charity- and we’re not stopping there!”