Edinburgh is a magnificent city in itself, but did you know it is also the birth place of a charity now active all across the world supporting thousands of cancer patients every year? Read on for our introduction to Maggie’s Centres and the admirable things they do.
What are Maggie’s Centres?
In 1993, Maggie Keswick-Jencks was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Originally from Dumfries, she underwent treatment at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and as she sat by the window undergoing chemotherapy she noticed some stables across from the unit. At the same time, she recognised that there was not much emotional support available for cancer patients and their families and that was when the idea for a whole new approach to cancer care was born.
In November 1996 – 1 and a half years after Maggie’s death – the Maggie’s Centre was opened by her husband – Charles Jencks – in the exact same stables Maggie was looking over in 1993. Now in its 21st year, Maggie’s Edinburgh remains a valuable source of support for cancer patients, aiming to strengthen the physical and emotional well-being of those affected. With over 120 visitors every day, the Centre is open Monday to Friday 9 ‘til 5 for a cup of tea, counselling or to take part in any of the scheduled activities such as yoga or support groups. What is even more amazing is that all of these services are completely free!
Furthermore, the Centre’s staff all have previous experience working in hospital cancer units and the current Chief Executive of Maggie’s – Laura Lee – was Maggie Keswick-Jencks’ cancer nurse herself. While cancer is always a devastating diagnosis, the people at Maggie’s certainly are qualified to help to lighten the burden – even if it is just a little bit.
Highlighting the need for this kind of support, Maggie’s has expanded rapidly and today operates 21 Centres all over the world in places as far as Tokyo, with 7 currently being built and many more in the pipeline.
Watch the video below to find out more…
Fountain Court’s nominated charity
The running of Maggie’s Edinburgh costs £590,000 a year – and that’s just one Centre. To help ensure that this valuable source of support is available to everyone who has to deal with cancer and for years to come, we’ve chosen Maggie’s as the charity we would like to support throughout 2019.
Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and the immense burden that comes with it not only for the patients but also their families and friends. Every little helps in relieving that hardship and the safe haven Maggie’s provides can make a real difference for someone affected.