Maggie’s Centre, Royal Marsden

Maggie’s is a charity which offers support to people diagnosed with cancer, as well as their friends and family, founded by Maggie Keswick Jenks, who was herself a cancer patient.

The first centre was opened in November 1996 in Edinburgh, just over a year after Maggie had died, and there are now 20 Maggie’s Centres all within cancer hospital grounds, as well as an online centre.

Maggie’s Centres are places where people can find practical advice about dealing with cancer, as well as emotional support and a safe space to meet fellow cancer sufferers and their friends and families.

In 2018, Maggie’s centres across the UK had over 200,000 visits and helped 45,000 people who had been newly affected or diagnosed with cancer. The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative Report in 2013 highlighted the positive impact that Maggie’s approach to cancer has had on people across the UK.

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust donatd £700,000 towards the new Maggie’s Centre at the Royal Marsden, which opened in October 2019. It is the first centre of its kind in South London.

The centre sits within natural landscaped gardens, providing both private and communal space for patients, families and friends. The Trust is delighted to be a supporter of Maggie’s and hopes that the centre can provide comfort at a difficult time in peoples lives.

 

Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie's Centre

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with The Royal Marsden, who have such an amazing track record in cancer treatment and outstanding patients care. The new Centre will allow us to extend our programme of support across London.”

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