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Carlisle cancer patient given parking tickets

A parking company has agreed to give a refund after a cancer patient at a chemotherapy unit in Carlisle was given a fine.

Patients and staff at the new Reiver House cancer unit have been hit with the parking tickets, with the treatment centre located in the grounds of the city's Cumberland Infirmary. The Kingston Court Care Home is also nearby.

Lorys Stephens stated that she returned from accompanying her partner Abi Concha to a four-hour chemotherapy session for full stage cancer to find a parking ticket on her car.

Speaking to the News and Star, she said: "We've been parking in the same place the whole time. I didn't realise there were separate ones for Reiver House. I thought they were all for us to use and that Kingston Court was separate.

"Even if I had known you couldn't see the markings for all the snow anyway."

Ms Stephens added that receiving the £100 fine – which is reduced to £60 if the ticket is paid within 14 days – made her feel "sick".

She said: "Abi really doesn't need this extra hassle right now. Nobody should get a ticket in a hospital, especially if they are having chemotherapy – and £100 is a lot of money."

Ms Stephens added that a Macmillan adviser at the Citizen's Advice Bureau has recommended she launch an appeal against the parking ticket.

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