AN appeal to create a new cancer centre has received a major boost.

The Colchester League of Hospital and Community Friends has pledged £20,000 to the appeal which will bring all cancer services together.

In the past the league, which is this year celebrating its 60th anniversary, has raised money for equipment for Colchester's hospitals including leading the £1 million campaign for the CAT scanner appeal.

Now it has said it will support the Cancer Centre Campaign.

Clive Fletcher, who is the honorary secretary of the league of friends, said: "Cancer is such a desperate disease which affects so many families.

"Almost everyone knows someone who has had it.

"Some of our members have had cancer and have recovered. Others have not been so fortunate.

"Other members have lost partners.

"This is a jolly good cause and one we should support."




THE Gazette is supporting the £4.5million appeal to build a new cancer centre at Colchester General Hospital.

The centre would be built as an extension to the new radiotherapy centre and would allow all cancer treatments - including radio and chemotherapy - to be carried out in the same place, Areas would also be set aside for complementary therapists, Macmillan nurses and voluntary groups.

To give money, text GAZE11 £10 to 70070 to donate to the Cancer Centre Campaign (or chose a different amount).

Cheques can be made payable to CoHoC Cancer Centre Campaign and sent to Colchester Hospitals Charity, Villa 10, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JL or go to and link through to the appeal’s secureonline payment page at