Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HELP US EASE CANCER PAIN; Pounds 500,000 Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HELP US EASE CANCER PAIN; Pounds 500,000 Appeal

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Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter

TODAY we launch one of our biggest campaigns to help cancer sufferers and their families.

We want you to help us raise pounds 500,000 towards an innovative pounds 3m centre giving practical help and support, which it is hoped will open in 2010.

The Chronicle has teamed up with charity Maggie's, which has already helped more than 250,000 people across the UK.

The planned Maggie's Centre, at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, will give up to 5,500 patients and their loved ones access to expert advice on coping with the illness or a friendly chat over a cup of tea. And we're calling on readers to organise fundraising events or make a donation to our campaign to bring a Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre to the region.

Whether it's a sponsored football match or evening of entertainment, you could be joining North East celebs such as Donna Air and Neil Tennant in supporting Maggie's vital work, as well as the Prime Minister's wife Sarah Brown.

She told the Chronicle: "When I go into a Maggie's Centre, I can see for myself the way that every person is helped to find their best way of coping with the disease.

"I know that the new Maggie's Centre will be a tremendous support to them and I encourage your readers to give generously to this campaign."

The North East has some of the highest cancer rates in the country. People here are more likely to be affected by breast, bowel and lung cancer than anywhere else.

Over the next few weeks in the Chronicle and Chronicle Extra, we'll give you tips on how to help us reach our pounds 500,000 target.

We'll also be talking to people coping with cancer to see how the centre will benefit them and hearing how our medics are desperate to see the Maggie's centre open its doors.

In the coming months, we'll also report on your efforts to support us with a Roll of Honour for fundraisers, and Maggie's regional manager Denise Heron will write an online blog chronicling the campaign.

Cancer patients will give personal accounts of how a Maggie's centre will make a difference to their lives. Building the Maggie's North East Cancer Caring Centre is part of the charity's ambitious pounds 15m Joy of Living campaign, which aims to set up five sites, in Nottingham, Oxford, Swansea and Cheltenham, as well as in Newcastle by 2012.

It's already been backed by Kylie Minogue, who has posted a message of support on the charity's website.

The centre, which is funded entirely by donations, will offer specialist advice for cancer patients and those close to them, including help with benefits or other finances, as well as emotional support from psychologists and cancer support workers.

Or it could simply provide a comfortable place to stop off for a cup of tea before a hospital appointment and the chance to meet others who are battling cancer. …

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