Hospital charity Over and Above last week launched its £1.5million appeal to build the new centre at NDDH. Laura Harris, an acute oncology nurse at the Seamoor Unit who was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in January, said the centre will be vital for patients. Laura, 42, has been on an aggressive chemotherapy treatment every two weeks, but despite the severe side effects, is determined to support the appeal. The mother-of-two told the Gazette: I am determined this will be built before I leave this earth. This centre is extremely important. To be able to come in and see a friendly face, or to be able to walk in without an appointment, will be the most liberating experience for patients. It will be a place to go, should you need someone to talk to who is perhaps not a family member; someone who understands what youre going through. You could, for example, be sat next to a woman who has just been diagnosed and has that glazed look of someone who has just been hit by a bus. Talking about what youre both going through can be therapeutic for both parties. READ MORE: Hospital launches £1.5million appeal for new North Devon Cancer and Wellbeing CentreLaura said she hopes new support groups for cancer patients both past and current will be borne from the centre as people use it. Its going to really improve peoples quality of life, and when you dont have much time left you want it to be as good as it possibly can, she said. For curative patients, the goal is just to survive, and to survive well with a quality of life that doesnt financially, mentally or emotionally bleed you dry in the process. Laura said oversubscribed services, such as counselling for patients and their families, would be able to move into the new centre grow to accommodate needs. Laura said her daughter Molly used the services after she was initially diagnosed. She moved away from me; she couldnt look at me or hug me, and I didnt know how to reach out to her, said Laura. I booked her into counselling and it has given me my daughter back; theyve given her the skills to accept that life is changeable. To find out more about the Over and Above charity, visit www.overandabove.org.uk, the charitys Facebook page, contact the fundraising team on 01271 311772, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.