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Scotsdales works with local charity

Published: 8 May 2008
Garden centre offers part of site to help with relocation.
Scotsdales Garden Centre and Cambridge Cancer Help Centre are working together to create new premises for the charity on the retailer's land.

In a unique project, Scotsdales has helped fund, and build the new premises as Cambridge Cancer Help Centre was struggling to find a suitable location in which to relocate.

David Rayner, the owner of Scotsdales, showed no hesitation in getting involved, and his generosity was quickly followed by local plasterers, plumbers, and scaffolders – all of whom have offered their services for free.

The charity's centre is expected to open later this year.

Ann Dingly – co-ordinator of the Cancer Help Centre organisation in Cambridge – praised the community for rallying around.

"We are very grateful to Scotsdales as without them we would not have been able to relocate, expand and evolve as a charity," she said.

The Cambridge Cancer Help Centre offers support to cancer sufferers, their families and friends and enables them to receive complimentary therapies, such as massage and various treatments, as well as being a support group where people can socialise and talk.

The centre said it still needs to raise around £300,000 to break even, but it is confident through fund-raisers and contributions this will not prove too difficult.

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