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The Woodlands Centre Extension Project

One of the toughest things most people will ever face is a cancer diagnosis, something statistically one in three of us is likely to receive at some time. But if you live in Huntingdon and the worst does happen, the chances are you will be fortunate enough to be cared for at the Woodlands Centre.

Why do we need to extend The Woodlands Centre?

A recent rise in the number of cancer patients being referred to the centre, the addition of new essential services, and an increase in treatment options available, has resulted in an acute lack of clinical space and some key services having to be temporarily relocated to the main building, directly effecting patient experience.

What do the extension plans include?

The Centre has submitted plans to Huntingdon District Council to extend their current premises, which includes re-modelling the existing building to create a new main entrance and waiting area, adding a light, airy and spacious lounge plus a courtyard garden for patients and relatives. Building work is due to start in 2014 and once finished the extra space will mean the staff can do more life-saving work and continue to help more people beat cancer.

How much do we need to raise?

The new facilities will cost around £1 million and a major fundraising appeal was launched earlier this year to help raise the money, including the hugely popular “Buy a Brick Campaign” where people can buy a virtual building brick, often in memory of a loved one.

Thanks to hundreds of generous companies and individuals the Centre has already raised over £150,000. However, although momentum is growing, there is still a long way to go.

More information about the campaign and how you can help

If you would like further information about the campaign or have ideas on how to raise funds to help build the new extension and make life a little better for local people facing cancer, then please contact us on 01480 416283 or by email to karen.pryor@nhs.net.

How can donations be made?

Donations to the campaign can be made by cheque, made payable to Hinchingbrooke HCH Charity Woodlands Centre, or via the Just Giving page.