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Dying businessman gives £3 million for cancer unit

Robert White donated £3 million to the Dorset County Hospital before he died Credit: Family

A businessman who died from cancer has left millions of pounds to pay for a new treatment centre.

The money Robert White donated will fund a new radiotherapy unit at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. The new centre will cut journey times for patients who currently travel from far afield.

Over a period of six months as we went through the treatment of his illness, we'd been talking about the opportunities of providing funds to the NHS. After some thought and showing him the things we could potentially do, he came to my clinic and handed me an envelope with a NatWest cheque written out for £3 million - which was quite a day.

– Mike Bayne, Consultant
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