A ‘PIONEERING’ scheme which has helped more than 1,000 cancer patients in Sheffield will be rolled out to Barnsley due to its success.

Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Active Together initiative provides exercise and nutrition advice to people who are preparing for or recovering from treatment.

Cash – totalling £4m – will go towards offering free, personalised support and will be delivered in partnership with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, it was announced last week.

Dr Kathryn Scott, chief executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “Evidence that exercise is a fantastic additional treatment for cancer patients is compelling.

“We believe it is vital that treatment such as this is available to everyone with cancer in this region, and we hope that one day this will be possible as part of standard NHS cancer care.

“But in the meantime, this charity is not going to wait while thousands of cancer patients are missing out on a treatment that could have a significant impact on their recovery.”