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£20k bid to create hospital haven for cancer patients
7:53am Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
The Cancer Care Centre (CCC) at York Hospital is trying to raise £20,000 to create a new garden and courtyard area which can be used by anyone affected by cancer.
The 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.
As part of the project, staff are seeking to create a more welcoming approach to the CCC by decorating the external walls and windows.
Jane Archer, CCC manager, said: “Everyone is affected by cancer in a different way, but there are some common issues that affect us all.
“Quality time with loved ones is even more precious following a cancer diagnosis, during treatment and towards the end of life.
“Having a beautiful, private space within the hospital, a place where people can be themselves, rather than being ‘a patient’ for a while, will make a real difference to their lives.”
In 2012, more than 2,100 people were diagnosed with cancer at York Hospital. The CCC supports more than 9,300 patients a year.
The CCC is encouraging people to order one of its cardboard collection boxes that can be kept at home or at workand are used to collect loose change for a good cause.
People can also donate by visiting justgiving.com/CCCgardenproject