Steve Joins Maggie’s Birthday Celebrations

Steve Morgan has marked the fourth birthday of the inspirational Maggie’s Merseyside centre by revealing plans and images for the new facility being funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Steve, Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation and founder of Redrow Homes, was among guests at the Maggies’ fourth birthday celebrations at their current interim centre located next to The Clatterbridge Centre in Wirral.

The Foundation is committing £4million to build two new Maggie’s Centres, one to replace the existing Centre on the Wirral and then another at Royal Liverpool Hospital in the City Centre.

Since opening in June, 2014, the Maggie’s at Clatterbridge has provided emotional and psychological support to almost 50,000 visitors, including both people having treatment for cancer and their family and friends.

The ‘Million for Maggies’ campaign has also been launched with the centre aiming to raise funds to help with running costs when the new facility is up and running.

In a speech to Centre visitors, staff, volunteers and supporters of Maggie’s at the fourth birthday celebration, Steve said: “Since becoming involved with Maggie’s I’ve seen the difference that the Centres make for the people who use them.

“Most of us have sadly been affected by cancer at some point in our lives, and to have a place you can go, like Maggie’s, to receive support at such a difficult time is invaluable.

“I’m delighted that the Steve Morgan Foundation is able to make a permanent Centre a reality here.

“The interim centre has done a very good job, and served the visitors well, but we’re looking forward to building a more permanent facility that gives you the space you need to provide the support which everyone affected by cancer deserves.”

Centre visitors Hazel and Irene attend Maggie’s Merseyside on a weekly basis and spoke of the difference it makes to their lives.

“It is a place of love and laughter,” they said.

“Yes we have sad times and we have tears, but above all else it is a place of friendship and support.

“The new Centre will mean the world to us.”

Maggies’s Centres across the country help people affected by cancer, as well as their family and friends.  Centres offer a warm and welcoming place to meet others who are going through the same experiences, and can find support groups specific to people’s needs and provide advice and information from professional staff.

Support from Maggie’s has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and depression.  Visitors do not require an appointment and all support provided is free.

Sarah Beard, Business Development Director at Maggie’s added: “It was clear from the atmosphere in the room what a new centre means to our visitors, volunteers and staff.

“We love our interim centre but the need for the support we offer is outstripping what we can provide in our current building.

“A new Maggie’s Centre will allow Kathy Wright, our Centre Head, and her team to provide high quality support to people affected by cancer at their most vulnerable time, in a warm and welcoming environment. A huge thank you to the Steve Morgan Foundation for making that a possibility.

“We are a tenth of the way there with our Million for Maggie’s appeal to raise running costs for the new centre, but we are calling on the community to help us reach our target.”

PICTURES COURTESY SIMON PURCELL

 

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