Huntingdon Grafham Water Lions Club has nominated Macmillan’s appeal for the New Woodlands Oncology Centre at Hinchinbrooke as their chosen charity for this year’s Safari Walk on May 17.

The Safari Walk, which takes place every year on the third Sunday of May at Grafham Water, has raised over £150,000 for local charities since 1979 and the club is hoping for plenty of interest this year.

Walkers retain 90 per cent of the money they raise to go to a charity of their choosing, while 10 per cent goes to the club's charity appeal. And as all the costs on the day, as well as any associated administration charges, are covered by the Lions Club, all money raised will go straight to the Macmillan appeal. Donations can also be gift aided to make sure the charity gets even more of the money raised on the day.

The existing Woodlands Centre at Hinchinbrooke is so overstretched it's struggling to cope with demand and so Macmillan is running an appeal to raise money for a much-needed new facility for oncology outpatients at the site.

"Building the new £2.4million Macmillan Centre will mean that all outpatient oncology services can be brought back together at Hinchinbrooke Hospital in one state-of-the-art building," said Chloe Coombs from Macmillan. "It will mean more choice for local people, providing treatment on their doorstep instead of having to make long journeys to other centres when they're unwell."