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A CHARITY aimed at improving the lives of cancer patients is in talks to move into the Memorial Library.

Aurora Wellbeing Charity want to build a centre in Worksop and believe that the building on Memorial Avenue is an ideal location.

Aurora Cancer charity are hoping to take over part of the old library building to open a beauty therapy centre, gym and coffe shop.  from left Peter Bradley, campaign manager, Jacqueline Simpkin, trustee, Lynne Rothwell, chairman and Yvonne Severein-Davies, volunteer and member of the steering group (w110301-5)

Aurora Cancer charity are hoping to take over part of the old library building to open a beauty therapy centre, gym and coffe shop. from left Peter Bradley, campaign manager, Jacqueline Simpkin, trustee, Lynne Rothwell, chairman and Yvonne Severein-Davies, volunteer and member of the steering group (w110301-5)

Under the plans they would build beauty therapy rooms, a coffee shop, charity shop and ‘gentle gym’.

Staff estimate they will have to raise £500,000 to get the centre up and running.

Bassetlaw Council said it is in discussion with several organisations interested in taking over the building.

“It’s a fantastic building, right in the centre of the town. We would be devastated if we didn’t get it, but we’d still come to Worksop,” said Aurora chairman Lynne Rothwell.

“Aurora is all about caring for local people with cancer and their families. We provide a range of treatments designed to restore self esteem, rebuild confidence and general wellbeing.”

“Anything about cancer that is not clinical nor medical, we provide.”

“Things like showing women how to paint their eyebrows on so they don’t look strange when their hair has fallen out, and beauty treatments because chemotherapy and radiotherapy takes all the moisture out of your skin.”

Aurora currently runs centres in Doncaster Hospital and Montagu Hospital, in Mexborough.

Charity bosses stressed that they wanted to create a centre for the community and are willing to talk to other groups who would like a part of the building.

“We want to come to Worksop. We would take a small amount of this building,” said Peter Bradley, campaign manager for the Aurora Wellbeing Centre for Bassetlaw.

Peter is keen to hear from anyone keen on helping out on the Aurora fundraising campaign to build a new centre. Coun Terry Yates, portfolio holder for Finance and Property said: “The council is in discussion with more than one organisation interested in taking over the Memorial Library and we are carefully considering all the options.”

“I will be taking a proposal paper to the April cabinet meeting, but at this stage, because of commercial sensitivities, we can’t be more specific than to give the assurance that the building will be used for an amenity that will benefit the whole community and enhance the developments currently taking place in the Canch.”

Anyone wanting to help the fundraising drive can contact Peter on 01302 381302, email peter.bradley@dbh.nhs.uk or visit www.theauroracentre.co.uk.

*Visit www.worksopguardian.co.uk to hear more from Lynne Rothwell.