MACMILLAN Cancer Support has launched an appeal to raise £150,000 to fund vital cancer care services for people in Barnsley.

An alarmingly high rate of cancer in the town, along with 13 per cent more diagnoses in the area per year than the national average, means urgent investment is needed to help more people live with and beyond cancer.

The appeal, supported by the Barnsley Chronicle and Dearne FM, was launched at Barnsley Town Hall on Friday, attended by Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey, councillors, local supporters and people affected by cancer.

Money raised from the appeal will help fund services for people affected by cancer, increase diagnosis rates and improve support during and after treatment.

In addition, it will help pay for things such as a mobile information bus and a specialist cancer advisor for GPs to educate and guide GP practices, health professionals and community services in the town.

The appeal will also help Macmillan to fund Barnsley Council's welfare service which helps people with cancer cope with extra costs arising from their diagnosis.