STRUCTURE: Building work on a new £1.4m state-of-the-art children and young people’s cancer unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary has begun.

The project is a joint venture between Leicester Hospitals Charity Our Space Appeal and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The new unit will include dedicated space for children with cancer and designed to provide a diversion from treatment. There will also be a brand new Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, for teenagers and young people aged from 13 to 24.

Rachel Boardman, ward sister at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We are incredibly excited to actually be starting building our new unit, it has been many years in the planning.”

The Our Space appeal is now just £180,000 off the £900,000 target and the Teenage Cancer Trust is working hard to raise £500,000.

Teenage Cancer Trust, the national charity devoted to improving the lives of young people with cancer, unveiled plans to build three specialist Teenage Cancer Trust units in the East Midlands in 2010.