15 May 2015
A group of young women who met while having treatment for cancer have embraced a growing trend by getting together for a night in instead of going out on the town.
Friends Kate Bowman, Anne Rodgers, Nicole Walker and Rachael Wilson, who met through support groups after being diagnosed with ovarian, cervical and Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer, say they much prefer having a quality night in with friends to going out. A survey by Macmillan Cancer Support has found this is true across Scotland with more than four in five young women (85%) preferring to stay at home. Women in Glasgow were the biggest fans of staying at home across Scotland with 90% saying they preferred it to a night out compared to 84% of women in Aberdeen and 78% of women in Edinburgh. The number one complaint about going out is the expense, with an average night out adding up to £44 compared to the £27 cost of a night in.
Other major drawbacks of going out include the hassle of getting there and back, queuing at the bar and contending with ‘lairy’ drunk people. Meanwhile 42% of those questioned admit that a night out has resulted in injury and more than half (58%) haven’t been able to remember the end of an evening.
A night in is so coveted by Scottish women that four out of five (81%) admit they actually make up excuses to avoid going out. The most popular excuses are pretending they don’t feel well, can’t afford it or that they are simply too tired to go out. Women from Glasgow (85%) and Edinburgh (82%) were more likely to make up an excuse than their counterparts in Aberdeen (71%).
Not only do women prefer a night in but a massive 89% have wished they had stayed at home while they were on a night out. The majority said that a night in resulted in a more relaxing, cheaper catch-up, allowing them to spend quality time with friends.
Now Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on Scots to sign up to their ‘Night In’ fundraiser this May.
Eloise Armstrong, Macmillan’s Glasgow Fundraising Manager, said: ‘Having a Night In for Macmillan Cancer Support is an excuse to step off the social treadmill, kick off your shoes and get your friends round for a Night In to support people living with cancer.’
Marketing executive Anne, 26, from Giffnock, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer last August, says: ‘I think the Night In idea is brilliant. Who wants to be standing in a taxi queue at 3am when you can be having some cocktails at home with your friends and raising money for Macmillan? The work Macmillan does is invaluable and they can only do that through donations.’
Rachael, from Glasgow, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma three days after turning 18 last summer, agrees. ‘I have just started going out on the town and already hate having to stand around in the freezing cold waiting for a taxi.’ she says. ‘The idea of a night in with the girls is good. It means so much knowing there are people there for you. It keeps you going.’
Nicole, 21, from Stepps, who was only 17 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011, adds: ‘I can't be bothered with having to make an extreme effort to go out. We will be having a get together with some nice drinks and food and raising money for Macmillan which is crucial. They can help other people with what I have been through.’
Law student Kate, 24, from Glasgow, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year. She says they often get together to share their experiences. ‘Having cancer when you are so young, it's important to have a network of friends around you who understand what you're going through, If you go out, the music is often too loud to let you talk properly. At home, we can have a joke and a laugh and compare the side effects of our treatment.’