Maggie's Cancer Care, a Scottish-based charity that provides support services to cancer victims, has launched a multi-million pound appeal to fund its expansion into England and Wales.
The charity aims to build seven new centres near major hospitals, and will appeal to local communities to help fund the projects. Each centre will cost around £1 million to build, and Maggie's will need to generate up to £25,000 per year to keep each project afloat.
"Each centre will look to develop strong ties with people in the surrounding area,
said Barbara Kid, head of communications at Maggie's. "We are looking to replicate the strong community support that we have generated around our centres in Scotland."
The charity aims to have all seven centres up and running by 2007, and will recruit fundraising managers for each location.
It will also seek statutory funding and aim raise money through major gift donations, legacies and corporate sponsorship.