A CHARITY working to support people with cancer and their families is extending its reach to Craven.

Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale hopes to help more people with the opening a satellite office in Skipton.

The team has been handed the keys and is working to get the new centre in Otley Street ready for opening next month.

It will provide face-to-face support to people affected by cancer. Initially it will be open one day a week, but the team plans to develop the level of services offered in Skipton over time.

The charity’s director, Linda Howard, said: “In 2013 we celebrated our silver jubilee year – a fantastic achievement for everyone involved in our 25-ear journey to date. However, we have always been keen to build on our successes and this has resulted in us being able to support more people across the area.

“We spoke to our clients to hear how they thought the charity could develop further. There’s no denying that demand for our services continues to grow and it soon became clear that a second base, easier to reach for people in Skipton and the surrounding area, was much needed.

“So we’ve taken the leap and branched out.

“To get the keys for this new satellite office is incredibly exciting for the whole team and the Skipton community. We look forward to providing face to face practical and emotional support in this area, and hope volunteers will come forward to enable us to do this.”

To get involved, call 01274 776688, email support@bradfordcancersupport.org.uk or visit the website.