Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man breast clinic total moves beyond £1m mark

Breast Clinic Image copyright Savage and Chadwick Architects
Image caption The clinic proposals include an ultra-sound room and dedicated consultancy spaces for patients

A fundraising appeal for a dedicated breast clinic in the Isle of Man has been boosted by a donation of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Eric and Marion Scott Trust has gifted funds to the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group.

A spokesman said the latest donation has taken the total raised from about £400,000 to more than £1m.

The charity plans to raise £1.5m for a "state of the art diagnostic and treatment centre" at Noble's Hospital.

Many of the members of the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, which launched its campaign in November last year, are former breast cancer patients.

During 2013, about 100 people on the Isle of Man were diagnosed with breast cancer and another 3,000 visited outpatients clinics both on the island and in the UK.

It is thought the new centre, which will be based at Noble's Hospital in Braddan, will enable more patients to receive treatment locally.

The Manx government has committed to cover the cost of the relocation to free up the space needed for the clinic, but said it was unable to fund the unit.

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