Major Investment In Maggie’s Centres

Maggie’s and the Steve Morgan Foundation are joining forces to build two vital new Maggie’s Centres in Wirral and the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the City Centre.

Maggie’s marked World Cancer Day with the fantastic news that a brand-new purpose built permanent centre, described as a ‘lifeline’ by visitors, will be built at Clatterbridge as part of an overall £4million investment into two new centres by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Maggie’s Centres provide free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer, and the existing interim facility at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has seen demand for services far outstrip expectations, with 14,000 visitors last year.

Subject to planning permission, work on the new permanent Maggie’s centre is set to get under way within the coming months, and, in the longer term, a new Maggie’s centre will follow on at the Royal Liverpool Hospital campus.

Steve Morgan CBE, Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said: “I am delighted that the Foundation is to fund and build the new Maggie’s Centre at Clatterbridge, which will be our biggest capital project to date.

“So many people have been affected by cancer, or know someone who has been affected by cancer, and the work undertaken by the staff at Maggie’s Centres across the country offers invaluable practical and emotional support when people who are being treated – and their families and friends – need it most.

“Our trustees are delighted to be able to make such a substantial investment into these two new centres, and now hopefully the Wirral public and other organisations will come forward and support Maggie’s at Clatterbridge as they launch their appeal to raise funds for the ongoing running costs which will follow.”

A new ‘Million for Maggies’ appeal has now been launched calling on the community to get behind Maggie’s, and help fund running costs to ensure that thousands of people with cancer in the local area can have access to the new Centre.

John Blain lost his wife Susan to cancer 14 years ago, and has made use of the interim Maggie’s facility after his daughter Katherine was diagnosed with cancer twice within five years.

“A new Maggie’s Centre will be so important to anyone affected by cancer, just like the interim Centre has been for Katherine and I,” says John.

“I can’t imagine there not being a Maggie’s here, and so we are getting right behind the ‘Million for Maggies’ campaign to help the team reach their target.”

Katherine added: “Maggie’s is so important to me, there is the sense of an extended family here to offer a friendly and much‐needed hug on the days when I was really struggling.

“It is vital we raise the ‘Million for Maggie’s’ for a new Maggie’s Centre, to help others find the camaraderie and hope that I have.”

Kathy Wright, Centre Head at Maggie’s said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Steve Morgan Foundation has made a permanent Maggie’s Centre a possibility.

“A new Maggie’s Centre will allow me and my team to provide high quality support to people affected by cancer at their most vulnerable time, in a warm and welcoming environment.

“We hope the famous Merseyside and Cheshire generosity will help us reach our target to ensure the new Centre has the running costs it needs to keep it at the heart of our community.”

* To mark World Cancer Day on Friday 2nd February, Maggie’s is holding an exhibition of expressive art and readings of creative writing by Centre visitors from 2‐4pm. All are welcome to pop in to the Maggie’s Centre Wirral, at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, and find out more about the work the charity does to support people living with cancer.

To find out more about Maggie’s and how to fundraise for the new Maggie’s Centre please get in touch with Holly Smith
 at holly.smith@maggiescentres.org or 07557 284816.

For more information please contact:
Jane Harris on jane@stevemorganfoundation.org.uk or 01829 782808 Holly Smith on holly.smith@maggiescentres.org or 07557 284816.

For further information about the Steve Morgan Foundation please go to

www.stevemorganfoundation.org.uk

For further information about Maggie’s at Clatterbridge please go to

www.maggiescentres.org/our‐centres/maggies‐merseyside

About Maggie’s

  • Maggie’s offers free practical and emotional support for all people living with cancer, and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Great architecture is vital to the care Maggie’s offers; and to achieve that Maggie’s works with great architects like the late Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, whose expertise and experience deliver the calm, uplifting environments that are so important to the people who visit and work in the Centres.
  • The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996. There are now 22 Centres across the UK and abroad, with more planned for the future. Maggie’s also has an Online Centre.
  • Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.
  • Maggie’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

 

About the Steve Morgan Foundation 

  • The Steve Morgan Foundation (previously The Morgan Foundation) was created in 2001 by Steve Morgan CBE. Since then it has committed over £300m of funding.


Steve Morgan CBE 


  • Born in Liverpool, Steve Morgan, 65, is the founder and and Non‐Executive Chairman of Redrow plc.
  • Steve is also Chairman of the Bridgemere Group of Companies, which has significant land and commercial development interests and Carden Park Hotel.

 

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