Royal Preston Hospital has opened a new suite designed to help young people who are being treated for cancer.
Young cancer patients and other sick children who are being treated at the hospital can now benefit from new facilities and equipment.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Rock FM’s Cash for Kids, The Vicki Reardon Memorial Trust and the staff, friends and family of Children’s Ward 8 have funded the new Edelweiss Suite along with the help of charitable donations.
The new facilities will be used to help around 700 patients every year between the age of birth to 16 who are battling different types of cancer or childhood illness.
It cost £40,000 to build and includes two en-suite side rooms on the isolation ward within the paediatric unit at Royal Preston Hospital.
This will mean young people with cancer will have en-suite facilities and the patient and their families will be more comfortable during their stay.
Before this, patients and their loved ones had to travel to Manchester for supportive care.
The Vicki Reardon Memorial Trust was set up by Christine Hay whose daughter Vicki died from a brain tumour when she was just five-years-old.
Christine and her husband Gordon have set up the Edelweiss appeal.
Christine said: “I was only 22-years-old when Vicki died and had never experienced death.
“I cannot explain to anyone the pain of losing a child and so this is why I have decided to do something for families with a child in a similar situation.
“There are now facilities for parents, but they are very basic. If we can make life a bit more bearable, it will perhaps help them to cope with their difficulties.
“I would not wish for anyone losing a child to be as alone and unsupported as I was.”