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TRACTion Cancer Support is delighted to have Cal MacAninch as our patron and supporter.

Cal’s Mum suffered from oesophageal cancer for many years and so he knows first hand how distressing an illness this can be. Cal is delighted that TRACTion has produced the cook book as he says, ‘if the book was around when mum found it so difficult to eat, it would have made such a difference to all of us.’

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No Chew Stew & So Much More: Easy to follow, easy to swallow cookbook

This selection of recipes was developed by Chef Danny McArdle. Each recipe can be blended to become really smooth, so the idea is that people who have difficulty swallowing or chewing food can eat the same meals as those who don’t. Find out more…

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For patients with head and neck (Thyroid, Larynx and Pharynx), Oesophageal and Gastric Cancers
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Survivors and Patients Stories

“The damage the radiotherapy did to my neck is a daily reminder of my cancer story”    Read more
Alan Clarke

Cancer Survivor

“Four and half years ago I was diagnosed with throat Cancer….”

Click here to watch his inspirational videos.

Brian Weir

Throat Cancer Survivor

“Dinner with a difference Cook Book….”

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Ann Muir

Cancer Survivor

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BIG Lottery Funding

We are delighted to have received £10,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund. This incredible amount of money will help us secure premises and develop our library of resources.  We cannot thank the BLF enough!

Looking for volunteers

Traction Cancer Support are looking for volunteers to raise funds for us in order that we can provide food moulds and cook books to patients who have difficulty eating! These moulds means that food looks like proper food despite it being soft in consistency.If you...

Meet Our Trustees

Liz Grant

Liz Grant


Liz worked as a pharmacist for more than 30 years. During that time she volunteered for the Ben Walton Trust, a charity that helped young people who suffered from oral cancer. Liz developed a cook book for patients and thus to build on this is one of the aims of TRACTion.

Liz has subsequently trained as a massage therapist specializing in offering therapy to patients who are experiencing cancer in some way.

In her spare time Liz loves sport...any time but especially cycling, badminton and Tennis!

June Waugh

June Waugh

Trustee / Treasurer

I am June Waugh and I support TRACTion as Treasurer. 

I have over 30 years experience working in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and now NHS Lanarkshire.

I have had many positions within the NHS including Finance, Human Resources, Pharmacy Public Health and Clinical Governance.

I am currently an Improvement Advisor and will endeavour to use my skills and knowledge during my tenure. 

Emma Shanks

Emma Shanks


Emma Shanks is both a cancer research scientist and cancer survivor.

She has had multiple surgeries for a tumour in her tongue, the most recent and most major of which was in 2012, when her children were 2 months and 21 months.

Emma was only 24 when she was first diagnosed, and feels she owes her life to her dentist, who was astute enough to spot the signs of an oral tumour in someone most unlikely to develop one. She is therefore a passionate advocate for oral cancer awareness and trying to improve quality of life for patients from their point of diagnosis onwards.

Emma came up with the concept of TRACTion Cancer Support, following the cessation of the excellent Ben Walton Trust. The idea has been implemented with great enthusiasm by our trustees!

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