‘Major milestone’ for Chesterfield cancer centre

The Chesterfield Royal Macmillan cancer centre appeal has just received a �1.5 million donation from the National Garden Scheme. Pictured are Mike Allison of Great Bear Distribution, Claire Singlehurst and Rob Turner from Macmillan, Mayor and Mayoress Steve Brunt and Jill Mannion-Brunt and Martin McMillan of the National Gardens Scheme

The Chesterfield Royal Macmillan cancer centre appeal has just received a �1.5 million donation from the National Garden Scheme. Pictured are Mike Allison of Great Bear Distribution, Claire Singlehurst and Rob Turner from Macmillan, Mayor and Mayoress Steve Brunt and Jill Mannion-Brunt and Martin McMillan of the National Gardens Scheme

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Cancer sufferers in North Derbyshire will soon have state-of-the-art care on their doorstep after Chesterfield Royal’s new £9.5 million Macmillan centre passed a major milestone.

The new centre - which will be opened this December - was officially ‘topped-out’ on Tuesday, June 14, at a ceremony attended by Chesterfield’s mayor and mayoress, local school children and other supporters.

Irene Dougan and Biddy Marshall the Derbyshire and Yorkshire coordinators for the National Garden Scheme.

Irene Dougan and Biddy Marshall the Derbyshire and Yorkshire coordinators for the National Garden Scheme.

A Derbyshire Times-backed fundraising campaign has now raised £1.8 million of the £2.5 million Macmillan Cancer Support have committed to the project.

Steve Loane, Macmillan’s area fundraising manager for Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, said: “We are very lucky with the amount of support we have had from the people of North Derbyshire.

“Upwards of about 100 people attended the ceremony to celebrate the topping out, including lots of people who have supported us in the past and children from St Peter and St Paul’s on Hady Hill.

“However, we still need another £700,000 to get to our target of £2.5 million so there are still lots of ways that people can get involved.

The new Macmillan unit under construction at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

The new Macmillan unit under construction at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

“If people have fundraising ideas I would urge them to get in touch via the website and if they can’t think of anything to do we can help them.”

When it is complete, the new centre will mean that people in the area will be able to access vital treatment, care and support in one purpose-built centre close to their homes.

As well as 21 chemotherapy treatment chairs, two treatment beds and three treatment rooms, users will be able to access specialist information and advice, counselling, complementary therapies, welfare benefits advice, practical support and dietary advice.

The ‘NGS Macmillan Unit’

Macmillan have recently announced that the centre will be called the ‘NGS Macmillan Unit’ after the National Garden Scheme (NGS) pledged £1.5 to the appeal.

The organisation - which is Macmillan’s biggest donor - has 70 gardens in the Derbyshire area and a portion of the money raised locally from these has contributed to the donation.

For more information about the new centre or information on how to get involved in supporting Macmillan’s appeal, visit macmillan.org.uk/chesterfieldappeal.