A Liverpool breast cancer centre named after Sir Paul McCartney’s late wife is to be given the freedom of the city.
The highest civic honour is being bestowed upon the Linda McCartney Centre in recognition of the services it provides.
The centre, based at the Royal Liverpool hospital, will be formally admitted to the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions of the City of Liverpool tomorrow at Liverpool Town Hall.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Gary Millar, said: “The freedom of the city is the highest honour we can bestow, and the Linda McCartney Centre is a most deserving recipient.
“The staff and volunteers working at the centre or raising money on behalf of it, together with patients, families and friends are key to making the Linda McCartney Centre the success it is today.
“Each member of the team is completely devoted to helping those receiving treatment, ensuring they are as comfortable as possible.
“The dedication and support to those suffering from cancer and the after effects is to be commended.
“I am delighted to be supporting them as one of my charities and honoured to be granting them the Freedom of the City.”
People travel from all over the north west to access the services at The Linda McCartney Centre which has some of the most advanced and innovative treatments available in the UK today.
Margie Shields, from Huyton, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, but later developed bone cancer and has been going to the Linda McCartney Centre every three weeks for the last eight years to receive treatment.
She said: “Eight years later I am still going strong thanks to the fantastic treatment and support from the Linda McCartney Centre. Even though my cancer is terminal, I am able to carry on as normal.
“More and more people are surviving cancer for longer thanks to the advanced treatments being pioneered at the centre.”
Chris Holcombe, cancer lead for the Linda McCartney Centre, added: “On behalf of the staff, patients and supporters of the Linda McCartney Centre, I sincerely thank the City for granting us the highest honour with the Freedom of the City. This honour is amazing recognition for the work we all do to improve the lives of local people with cancer.”