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AYRSHIRE CANCER SUPPORT BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE

The centre will be the region’s only dedicated support facility for children, young people and adults affected by cancer.

Mr Neil Gray MSP, Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care was joined by civic dignitaries and council and NHS leaders as ground was officially broken on the charity’s new cancer support centre in Ayr.

Sandra McCall, Chief Executive Officer of Ayrshire Cancer Support explained work has commenced to transform the building into the region’s only dedicated complete support facility for children, young people and adults affected by cancer in Ayrshire. This was only made possible thanks to the generosity of several founding sponsors, grant funders, corporate partners, and the support of the local community in their fundraising efforts, for which the charity is extremely grateful.

The Ayr centre will add to the charity’s existing facilities of their Kilmarnock Centre and Head Office on 5 Dundonald Road; and will fill the gap in provision for free specialist counselling or therapeutic services for children and young people in the area. The new centre will include a large drop-in centre, counselling rooms, therapy rooms and bespoke spaces for children and young people.

Professor Ian Welsh OBE, Chairperson of Ayrshire Cancer Support said, “This project is a significant milestone in the history of the organisation. Once complete, the Ayr Centre will allow us to increase our support options, offering bespoke spaces for children, young people, and adults. Sadly, there are few people whose lives are unaffected by cancer and this centre will fill a gap for a much-needed service.”

Mr. Neil Gray MSP, Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care, said, “Cancer is a priority for this government, and that is why we published our ten-year Cancer Strategy and 3-year Action Plan last year. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to see the plans for this Centre and the fantastic work of Ayrshire Cancer Support in helping those affected by cancer.”

Claire Burden, Chief Executive of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, added, “Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be devastating, and having access to local specialist support, clinical and non-clinical is invaluable. This centre will provide much needed support and therapies for children, young people and adults, as well as their families and carers.”

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