AFTER 25 years based in the heart of Bradford, local charity Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale is expanding to help more people throughout the region.

The team is opening a new satellite office on Otley Street, in Skipton which will provide face to face support to people affected by cancer. It will initially be open one day a week, but the team plans to develop the level of services over time.

Linda Howard, Cancer Support’s director, said: “In 2013 we celebrated our silver jubilee year – a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in our 25 year journey to date. However, we have always been keen to build on our successes and this has resulted in us being able to support more people across the area.

“We spoke to our clients to hear how they thought the charity could develop further. There’s no denying that demand for our services continues to grow, and it soon became clear that a second base, easier to reach for people in Skipton and the surrounding area, was much needed.

“So we’ve taken the leap and branched out. To get the keys for this new satellite office is incredibly exciting for the whole team, and the Skipton community. We look forward to providing face to face practical and emotional support in this area, and hope volunteers will come forward to enable us to do this.”

Volunteer drivers and experienced therapists and counsellors who would like to donate some time to help develop Cancer Support’s Skipton-based services, are encouraged to contact the charity. Businesses located in Skipton can also help support those affected by a cancer diagnosis. To get involved please call 01274 776688, email or visit the website for further details.