Newcastle children's cancer centre pledge gets £500k boost

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A North East charity has donated £500,000 to help establish a new £5.5m research centre for childhood cancer.

The Future Fund campaign is raising money to create a specialist research facility at Newcastle University.

The aim is to help researchers develop new children's cancer treatments with fewer side effects.

The North East Children's Cancer Research (NECCR) charity said it hoped in the future childhood cancers would be eradicated.

Chris Peacock, its chair, said: "There is already a huge amount of momentum behind the idea and when you add this to the existing strength of the experts you create the kind of perfect storm that makes really good things happen."

The latest donation brings the amount raised for the Newcastle University Centre for Childhood Cancer to £700,000.

NECCR has raised more than £20m to fund childhood cancer research since it was founded in 1978.

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