Woodlands Cancer Centre plans approved - now project needs your help

Woodlands Centre

Woodlands Centre - Credit: Archant

Plans for a much-needed extension of the Woodlands Cancer Centre were approved by planners – and now the project needs YOUR continued help to get off the ground.

Creating more space for the Hinchingbrooke Hospital unit so more patients can be treated will cost £800,000.

A huge fundraising appeal, backed by The Hunts Post, was launched in March and staff, with help from patients, their friends and families, have raised more than £150,000.

You can help to build on that good start by buying a brick – a virtual building block which will help the plans become reality.

For a minimum £5 donation, individuals can buy one of the bricks, perhaps in memory of a loved one.

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Companies have been challenged to raise enough to buy a cornerstone for a minimum of £100.

The names of all those who donate will be used to create a picture of the centre, designed by The Hunts Post, to go on display when the extension is finished. Huntingdonshire District Council planners rubber-stamped the ­extension proposals last week.

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More than double the number of patients will be able to receive ­chemotherapy in the extended centre – up from six to 15.

There will also be extra clinic rooms, a courtyard garden, waiting area and reception, all within a structure which promises to be “architecturally striking” and “distinctly modern”.

Woodlands manager Lynda Hall said: “Please carry on ‘buying bricks’ but also tell everyone about our campaign – we need to spread the word!”

For more information contact Karen Pryor, The Woodlands Centre, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon PE29 6NT or to “buy a brick” (for a minimum donation of £5) send your donation together with your name to Karen. Please visit www.hinchingbrooke.nhs.uk or www.justgiving.com/woodlandscentre or call 01480 416283 or 01480 363500.

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