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VIDEO: £1m Appeal For Cornwall's First Specialist Cancer Centre
9:10am 25th September 2014
(Updated 9:10am 25th September 2014)
A million pound appeal has been launched to build Cornwall's first specialist cancer centre.
The Cove at Treliske will offer support to 13,000 patients and their families every year.
It will cost almost £2.8m and Macmillan has already raised £1.8m of that, but it still needs to find the rest.
Building work is due to start in May and it should be ready to open in 2016.
Cornwall is one of the only parts of the country not to have a dedicated cancer support centre.
Anna fought off breast cancer, before setting up the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Cancer Patient and Carer Group. She told Pirate FM the centre would have been fantastic when she got her diagnosis: "A wall goes straight up. All you hear is that word. I was just devastated - in complete and utter shock. You can't find out about it, you just say, 'I'm going to die' and then you go along from there."
Richard looked after his wife when she was diagnosed. He told Pirate FM: "To be quite honest with you I have never felt so alone.
"We would go to see the consultant and then try to work out what had been said to us. We would either end up at the canteen in the hospital or at a local pub, trying to work out where we were heading."
Emma Wright from the charity said: "It will sit with the other cancer services that are already here. It will be an open service - you can drop in, you won't need an appointment.
"It will be a place you can get information, support, financial advice, complementary therapies, a place for support groups to meet - all sorts of fantastic things.
"I've heard so many stories of people saying - 'I was told I had cancer. I walked out of the office. I walked around the corridors of the hospital. I went and sat on a wall, I didn't know what to do.' So this centre has really been built with the patient in mind and the carer in mind."
Lezli Boswell, chief executive of RCHT added: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Macmillan to ensure outstanding cancer care here in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We are very proud of our staff and volunteers who work in the cancer service and the Cove Macmillan Support Centre will enhance the quality of care we can provide to each and every person."
Emma Wright added: "We want the communities of Cornwall to really get behind this. It is absolutely a centre for everyone from every part of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, so we would love to have fundraisers from every town and village across Cornwall doing things to support this project."
You can donate £5 by texting COVE50 £5 to 70070 or donate online here.9:10am 25th September 2014
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