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October 3, 2011 2:54 PM

Tim at the new cancer unitSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has launched a petition online to bring radiotherapy services to Westmorland General.

The petition can be found at: http://timfarron.co.uk/en/petition/help-bring-a-radiotherapy-service-to-Kendal

Tim recently sent 40,000 petitions to people throughout the South Lakes asking them to join the campaign to bring radiotherapy services to Westmorland General Hospital.

After the huge success of bringing the chemotherapy unit to the hospital in Kendal, Tim is now working to bring radiotherapy services to Kendal too, saving patients a 100 mile round trip toPreston.

To show the distance that patients have to travel for treatment last year Tim walked the 44 mile route fromPrestonto Kendal.

Tim said:" We are delighted with the establishment of the chemotherapy unit at Westmorland General and the response I've seen from patients is evidence of its success, however our campaign for new health services must not stop here.

''I hope that residents respond with the same passion to stage 2 of our campaign, as they did regarding the petition for the chemotherapy services, by supporting and signing the new petition for a radiotherapy unit in Kendal."