£1m boost for Birmingham Children's Hospital cancer centre appealA major fund-raising project to build a cancer unit at a Birmingham hospital has been given a massive cash boost of £1 million by a charity.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital launched its Cancer Centre Appeal, which is aiming to raise £4 million to build a state-of-the-art facility for patients.

Now they’ve hit the half way mark following a donation by Children with Cancer UK, a leading charity dedicated to the fight against the disease.

The money will help fund significant improvements to the cancer unit, which sees 3,000 patients and their families from across the UK every year.

The current facility is over 30 years old and has outgrown its current environment. A new building and accommodation will include age-appropriate play zones, better communal areas for families and an improved outpatients area.

Part of the new centre will be the Paul O’Gorman building, named after the son of the founders of Children with Cancer UK. He died from leukaemia in 1987 aged just 14.

Before he died he asked his parents to help he lives of other children with cancer and they have being doing this ever since, raising over £150 million over the last 25 years.

The first phase of the new build is expected to begin this month. Children with Cancer UK funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer and works to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes.