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York Hospital To Get Cancer Care Centre Garden

York Hospital 2

8:45am 13th August 2013

The Cancer Care Centre (CCC) in York Hospital launched an appeal to raise £20,000 to create a new garden and courtyard area which can be used by anyone affected by cancer.

York Hospital say that thanks to fantastic local support, the appeal has now reached its target which has enabled work to start on the garden, with an official opening at the end of September.

The hospital say the new garden will be a mixture of seating areas and plants and flowers which will become a haven for patients and their family and friends, whether this is to relax in the fresh air, read a book or sit and have some lunch. They add that the garden will be a beautiful and flexible area that they hope will be enjoyed by all who visit it.

As part of the project, the hospital says they will create a more welcoming approach to the CCC by decorating the external walls and windows. They add that this will brighten up a currently dark space and help to direct people around the building, as well as creating a more comforting and calming atmosphere for people entering the space.

Jane Archer, Cancer Care Centre Manager said, “We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this incredibly important project and thank everyone for their generosity. We are all very excited that work has now started on the garden and we are all looking forward to having a beautiful, private space within the hospital, where people can be themselves, rather than being 'a patient' for a while will make a real difference to their lives.”

More than one in three people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and in 2012, over 2,100 people were diagnosed with cancer at York Hospital. The CCC supports over 9,300 patients a year.

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