A new centre that will offer free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer is set to open in Wirral.
A new purpose built permanent Maggie's Centre will be built at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre as part of an overall £4million investment for two new Maggie's centres by the Steve Morgan Foundation.
The centres also offer support for family and friends, and are built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
Maggie's rely on voluntary donations and have been described as a 'lifeline' by visitors.
The existing interim facility at Clatterbridge has seen demand for services far outstrip expectations, with 14,000 visitors last year.
Subject to planning permission, work on the new permanent Maggie's centre is set to get underway within the coming months, and, in the longer term, a new Maggie's centre will follow at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
Steve Morgan CBE, Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said:
A new 'Million for Maggies' appeal has now been launched calling on the community to get behind Maggie's, and help fund running costs to ensure that thousands of people with cancer in the local area can have access to the new Centre.
John Blain lost his wife Susan to cancer 14 years ago, and has made use of the interim Maggie's facility after his daughter Katherine was diagnosed with cancer twice within five years.
Kathy Wright, Centre Head at Maggie's said: