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Butterfly cancer care proposal is taking off.

Byline: Madeleine Brindley

SHAPED unmistakably like a butterfly, these are the first plans for a unique survivor centre for women with gynaecological cancer.

The brainchild of Penarth businesswoman Nicki Page, a pounds 1m campaign has been launched to turn these drawings of the centre - to be called Ty Pili Pala, Welsh for butterfly house - into a reality.

Once built in South Wales, the centre will offer support for women who have been diagnosed with or treated for gynaecological cancer, including ovarian and cervical cancer.

Ty Pili Pala has been modelled on similar centres in Canada and Australia and will feature a roof garden.

Ms Page, who owns marketing company Page 1 World, said: "This is the conceptual design; it is contemporary, includes lots of natural light and is shaped like a butterfly.

"We are all very excited by this - this is the vision and we're now working hard to make it happen.

"Having the drawings makes the centre feel more real and people can begin to see our vision in full.

"Hopefully it will inspire people to get them on board and help us in whatever way they can."

Ms Page set up the Miss Moo La La campaign at the start of the year to raise pounds 1m and pounds 1 to build and run Ty Pili Pala.

She said: "It will provide a natural holistic environment for ladies initially to receive follow-up treatment and help them through their journey to wellness.

"Our mission is to achieve a target of pounds 1,000,001 and to get this matched by corporate organisations operating in Wales and by the Government, giving us pounds 3m to build the first house and have funds to operate it.

"The services will complement the tremendous work of those in the NHS in Wales.

"And we will also aim to work with other charitable organisations that need our input."

There are four main types of gynaecological cancer - endometrial (lining of the womb), ovarian, cervical and vulval - accounting for more than 900 cases a year in Wales.

As part of the campaign to build Ty Pili Pala a gala entertainment evening will be held on June 9 at the Royal College of Music and Drama, in Cardiff.

* For more information about the event or to get involved in the campaign, e-mail


* Businesswoman Nicki Page, second from left, is the driving force behind a survivor centre for women with gynaecological cancer. Below, the plans for Ty Pili Pala (Butterfly House) PICTURES: Peter Bolter [umlaut]
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 15, 2012
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