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Cancer charity's centre approved

Maggie's Cancer Care hopes to raise 3m towards building and set up costs

A charity that offers support to the family and friends of cancer patients has been given planning permission to build a care centre in Oxfordshire.

Maggie's Oxford centre will be based at Churchill Hospital in the city.

It offers advice, relaxation sessions, Tai chi and creative art therapy from a temporary base within the hospital.

Planning permission was granted for the centre on Tuesday. The charity said its new building would be a "striking" addition to the city's skyline.

Liz Minton, head of Maggie's Oxford centre said: "This is a great step forward for Maggie's Oxford and for the thousands of people in the region affected by cancer."

'Ideal space'

She said having their own premises would allow the charity to serve more people and increase the range of services it offers.

The charity has commissioned Wilkinson Eyre Architects to design the centre and has started a campaign to raise £3m towards the construction costs and the first two years of its running costs.

Ms Minton said: "With such great backing from the local community, we are sure we can reach this target in the future."

The charity's patron, the Duke of Marlborough, said: "Oxford is a city of beautiful and inspiring buildings and one day we will have Maggie's Oxford sitting amongst them.

"The wonderful building will provide the ideal space for professional staff to help people to build a life beyond cancer."

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