A charity which supports people living with cancer is hoping people vote to bring a £160,000 building designed by a cancer sufferer before his death to reality.
Clive Butcher never got to see the building, which he designed for fellow sufferers, after dying from cancer in 2011.
However, his dream could now become a reality if Sudbury-based charity the Eden Rose Coppice Trust is chosen in a public vote as the winners of a £150,000 grant from builders’ merchants Jewson.
After being named as finalists, the charity hopes to build the eco-friendly building at its new site in Ipswich as the Sudbury coppice is not large enough.
The building would “bring the woods inside” according to trust founder Rob Brooks.
“To be outside when undergoing treatment is very important but you can’t be outside if its raining or snowing.
“Our building brings the woodlands inside as it is completely made of glass.”
Scientific research has shown the benefit of nature in recovery for patients and Mr Brooks is passionate for the idea to come to fruition.
But the dream is being held back by a major stumbling block.
“We are up against major charities with massive support,” said Mr Brooks. “We are a very small charity with a small membership,
“We really need the people of Suffolk to get behind us. We are the only charity in the East of England to get so far.”
The charity currently has around 400 votes but is likely to need a few thousand.
“We are desperate for this building to support cancer sufferers in the region,” said Mr Brooks. “It would mean we could offer our care all year round which means a lot to me.”
The new site is in Brickmakers Wood in Ipswich. Having been infamous for drug use and prostitution, the area has been completely cleared.
Now partially open, it is already offering its services to different groups in the area.
As well as being a relaxing haven for cancer sufferers the coppices offer life skill experiences to vulnerable groups such as young people with physical and learning disabilities.
The building is in keeping with the charity’s environmental ethos, powered by solar panels, it has an insulated wildflower roof and vertical green walls onto which wildflowers can be planted.
To vote for the charity you have to have a Facebook log in.
To vote and for more information visit www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk and click on the Eden Rose Coppice icon.
After clicking vote the site ensure you are logged into Facebook before asking you to ‘Like’ the Eden Rose Coppice to vote. You will only receive one vote per Facebook log in.
Voting closes on Sunday, June 19.