Cancer charity seeking funds after extension given go-ahead
Local cancer support charity Charis Care has won planning permission for an extension to its centre in Co Londonderry.
The group, which supports people affected by the disease, is now embarking on a fundraising drive to raise money for the expansion to its centre between Cookstown and Draperstown.
Plans for the 3,000sq ft scheme were approved by Mid-Ulster District Council last week.
The charity said the decision to expand was driven by growing demand for its services.
Ryan Dougan of Vision Design Architecture added: "We're delighted the plans have been approved. The next phase of development can now be embarked upon.
"The expansion phase has been prompted by a significant increase in demand for the charity's services."
Charis does not receive government funding and relies on support from the community and businesses. The annual running costs for the centre are around £300,000.
The charity is to appoint a fundraiser to focus exclusively on raising money.
Imelda McGucken, centre director at Charis Care, said: "Over 5,500 people have accessed Charis' services to date. On average, the centre welcomes in excess of 27 new users per week, and with the extension in place that number is likely to double."