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Prince Charles visits Derry's new £50m Cancer Care Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital

By Leona O'Neill

Prince Charles promised to pray for a cancer patient he met during his visit to Londonderry's new £50m Cancer Care Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital on Tuesday.

Former post-primary school teacher Joan Doherty (66) is currently being treated for breast cancer at the new centre and had a special audience with Charles and his wife Camilla in the centre's roof garden.

"He was very pleasant and down to earth," said Joan. "He asked me about my treatment and said he would say a prayer for me. It was a special moment, very moving".

The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall toured the Cancer Centre and met patients, including Waterside man Robert Mawhinney.

"He was exceptionally nice," said Robert. "We had a laugh and a joke. He lifted my spirits."

Castlederg man Ivan Clarke says Prince Charles asked him about his diet.

"He was laughing and saying that what usually happens is that they take you off the foods you love and make you eat foods you don't like. He just spoke like an ordinary man. He was lovely. It can get very monotonous in here. It certainly broke up the day."

The Prince and Duchess unveiled a plaque in the Cancer Centre's lobby and left Altnagelvin Hospital in the afternoon sunshine to make their way to Lisburn for Wednesday's scheduled visits.

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