Friarage cancer centre fundraisers reach halfway point

Pictured left to right, Jill Campbell, Macmillan area fundraising manager; Clara White, Macmillan area fundraising manager; Liz Airey, Macmillan regional fundraising manager; Margaret McGloin, project director (South Tees Hospitals); Nicky Hand, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse and Rebecca Shanks, Macmillan fundraising manager.

Fundraisers are halfway to raising £500,000 to support a cancer centre being built at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s appeal has hit the £250,000 figure, amid a flurry of fundraising events taking place around the area.

Money raised is supporting The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, which is currently being built at the Friarage.

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Macmillan supporters include six mums who have banded together to form a fundraising group – and they hope to raise more than £10,000 towards the appeal.

Nicki Wilkinson, 48, from Brompton, chairs The Macmillan Northallerton Appeal Events Committee.

The mother-of two, who works as a beauty therapist, said: “We’ve all known each other for the past 10 years, and met through being parents.

“All of us have been touched by cancer in some form or another and we all want to support our local hospital.

“The new centre will make a huge difference to people diagnosed with cancer and those around them; it’ll provide state-of-the-art facilities closer to home for people in the Northallerton area.

“We’re holding a few events throughout the year but the big one will be our charity ball at Thirsk Racecourse in September.

“We’re keen to raise as much as possible, perhaps £10,000 or more.

“We still have some tables left, so do get in touch if you wish to support the event.”

Other fundraising activity has included a charity music event, the Jazz Train, collections and sponsored challenges – including a ‘Mighty Hike’ by Nicky Hand, the lead cancer nurse at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Macmillan is working with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to build the cancer centre.

Yorkshire philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden has jointly funded the project with Macmillan and given a wealth of design expertise, to help turn a vision into a reality.

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre will offer state-of-the-art cancer care and support facilities, all under one roof.

South Tees Hospitals has invested in the scheme and provided clinical input to the project. The whole project is costing around £10 million in total.

Building work is on track to be completed in October this year.

Rebecca Shanks, Macmillan fundraising manager for Northallerton, said: “Support from across the community has been staggering so far, and we hope that will continue as we try and reach our £500,000 target.

“There’s a growing need for services – every year, almost 600 people in the Northallerton area are told they have cancer.

“The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre will be a fantastic source of support for patients and their families.”

The finished centre will include a chemotherapy treatment lounge with capacity to treat up to 35 patients a day, complementary therapy facilities and treatment and consulting rooms.

A Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre and supporting accommodation for patients, which will include telemedicine facilities, will also be key features of the development.

Money raised by Macmillan’s appeal is going towards the charity’s contribution to the project. To get involved with the appeal, call the Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or email

You can find out more about the appeal at

The Macmillan Northallerton Appeal Events Committee, which also includes Sarah Thompson, Lucy Sanderson, Sarah Jarratt, Catherine Barker and Jo Willis, will be hosting their charity ball at Thirsk Racecourse on Saturday 15th September.

For further information, contact Nicki on 07745 950418 or