A GLASGOW nurse is the face of a moving new, TV advert which encourages the public to leave money in their wills to help more people survive cancer.

Laura Rooney, 33, from Glasgow’s Southside, appears in the I Pledge campaign to highlight Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research, which is made possible with the help of donations.

Laura, a research nurse at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, was filmed at work, along with other nurses, doctors and scientists who are involved in pioneering research projects across the UK.

She will also features on bus stop adverts across Scotland, and posters across the charity’s 600 shops.

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Gifts in Wills fund over a third of the Cancer Research UK’s work, helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients.

Laura said: “I have had close family and friends affected by cancer and I’ve seen the complete devastation a diagnosis can bring.

“But as a nurse in clinical research, I’ve also seen the massive benefit of new treatments because of research.

“The funding we receive from Cancer Research UK is essential to what I do day-to-day.

“Research is bringing us closer to a future when no-one has to be afraid when they hear the word ‘cancer’. It’s my promise to those who leave a legacy gift to the charity that I will never stop trying to make this a reality.

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“In the 1970s, just 1 in 4 people in the UK survived cancer. Today, that figure has doubled. This incredible improvement in survival demonstrates the power of research.

Last year, Cancer Research UK spent around £38 million in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research, including an exciting programme of work that has been established at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer.