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A CENTRE on the south coast to help teenagers suffering from cancer has been given the go-ahead.

A Teenage Cancer Trust unit has been given final approval to go ahead by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

The £2.4m centre will be built in Southampton General Hospital, and will be available to young people in Hampshire.

The 10-bedded building with also have facilities such as a kitchen, and will be available for cancer patients aged 16 to 24.

So far the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Southampton Appeal has raised £1.7m and £500,000 has been donated by people on the Channel Islands.

But a further £700,000 needs to be raised before the centre can be built.

Simon Davies, chief executive of the trust, said: ‘The development of this unit has been a long time coming and communities and businesses have worked tirelessly to help us get to this stage.

‘We now ask people to help us in our final fundraising push so that next year we can officially open our new unit.’

Visit teenagecancertrust.org.