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AUDIO: Cancer centre changing people's lives

AUDIO: Cancer centre changing people's lives

Published at 7:03am 10th November 2015. (Updated at 3:40pm 10th November 2015)

Patients say a state-of-the-art cancer unit at Harrogate District Hospital is making a "huge difference" to them and their families.

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre provides a wide range of treatment including chemotherapy, as well as counselling, complementary therapies and a service to help patients and carers claim benefits.

It was all made possible thanks to a £3.5 million donation from Sir Robert Ogden, which was matched by Macmillan Cancer Support and another £2 million from Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Until it opened last year, many patients faced journeys to Leeds for treatment, adding to their already stressful situations.

Sarah Grant is Patient Information and Health and Wellbeing Manager:

Loss of earnings and extra transport costs can also make things more difficult for patients.

Welfare and Benefits Adviser Phil Bremner helps to ease the financial burden:

Clara White is Macmillan Cancer Support's Area Fundraising Manager for North and East Yorkshire:

Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre's information area