First in the North West - Maggie’s is coming to The Christie
Press Release Posted 12 July 2012
The Christie has announced a new partnership with
cancer charity Maggie's to create a Maggie's centre on its main
site in south Manchester.
Maggie's - People with cancer need places like these.
The centre, which would open in 2015, will be the
first in the North West and will be designed by world-famous
architect Lord Foster.
Maggie's is recognised as a high quality, award-winning and
innovative organisation providing support to anyone with cancer.
The centre will provide free practical, emotional and social
support for anyone battling the disease as well as their family,
friends and carers. The centre will significantly enhance the
cancer care and support already offered at The Christie and will
incorporate the current portfolio of Maggie's and Christie
services. Patients will therefore have access to a wider range of
therapies and support.
Chief Executive at The Christie Caroline Shaw, said; "We are
delighted to have the opportunity to work with Maggie's and develop
superb facilities for our patients and families.
"Non-clinical, independent spaces for patients to receive the
support they need to complement their physical treatment is vital.
The positive consequence of many cancers becoming chronic rather
than terminal diseases means that those impacted need a more
comprehensive level of support that The Christie and Maggie's are
ready to deliver together."
Lord Foster said: "We are delighted to be designing a new
Maggie's centre in Manchester. Both have a particular personal
significance, as I was born in the city and have first-hand
experience of the distress of a cancer diagnosis. Architecture has
the power to lift the spirits and help in the process of therapy.
The Maggie's centres to date have been inspired acts of patronage
and it is a privilege to be able to contribute to this legacy."
Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie's said: "We are delighted
to be coming to the North West and working in partnership with The
Christie and Norman Foster. The emotional and practical impact on
people with a cancer diagnosis and their families and friends is
devastating as they face one of life's biggest challenges. The
people of Manchester deserve access to the vital support that a
Maggie's centre can offer; to help to transform their lives
positively and build a life beyond the disease."
The Maggie's centre will be run by a team of cancer support
specialists and will provide patients with unique psychosocial
support, with the aim to transform the way people live with
There are already ten Maggie's centres in the UK and all are the
work of world leading architects.
Support available at the centre includes psychological support,
benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress
management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga.
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