A charity is investing £100,000 in a new facility at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for cancer patients and their families.

The Cancer Care and Haematology Fund (CCHF), which supports people undergoing treatment in Buckinghamshire, is paying for a free-standing "pod" offering a calm space for relaxation, away from the hospital's treatment area.

The functional unit will stand next to the current Cancer Care and Haematology Unit (CCHU) and will be run by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Notably, the CCHU was opened in 2001 by the Princess Royal, following a £1 million fundraising effort by CCHF. An extension to the facility, also funded by the charity, was unveiled in 2007.

Chair of CCHF, Dr Ann Watson, said: "We are so pleased that the charity can again come forward to fund this additional space for the Stoke Mandeville Unit. We work closely with the NHS Trust and the decision to provide the pod was driven by the medical teams who felt it could be tremendously helpful to patients, their families and supporters."

She added: "To be able to fund such an exciting new building at this level is very gratifying for CCHF, and it represents a huge success for all of our supporters across Buckinghamshire and beyond who work so hard to raise money for those who continue to suffer from cancer and similar illnesses."

The pod is being produced and delivered by Agile Property and Homes Limited.