Maggie’s – a sanctuary for those with cancer and their families & friends

20 Feb


When someone is given the diagnosis of cancer is has a devastating effect on their lives -facing tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends, too.

Maggie’s is there for anyone and everyone affected by cancer, offering a programme of support that has been shown to strengthen physical and emotional wellbeing.
Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need.

The Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Help is offered freely to anyone with any type of cancer. Simply drop-in at any time – you’re always welcome.

Find a Maggie’s centre

These centres are nationwide and there is also an Online Centre offering professional advisors as well as a supportive community – whenever you need them. This unique resource provides the same mixture of practical, emotional and social support as our local Centres.

The nearest centre to the practise is:-
Charing Cross Hospitalimage
Fulham Palace Road
W6 8RF

Tel: 020 7386 1750
Fax: 020 7386 1751

Opening times
Monday to Friday
9am – 5pm (plus some evenings)

Maggie’s London is based at Charing Cross Hospital. The nearest tube station is Hammersmith which is a 10 minute walk up Fulham Palace Road. As you enter the main hospital entrance Maggie’s is the big orange building on the left hand side.

Parking is very limited at Charing Cross Hospital, and visitors are advised to take public transport. There are a number of parking spaces for disabled badge holders, which are free of charge.
By bus

Numbers 74, 190 211, 220, 295, 424 and 430 all stop at Charing Cross Hospital

Who was Maggie?
In May 1993, Maggie Keswick Jencks was told that her breast cancer had returned and was given two to three months to live.

She joined an advanced chemotherapy trial and lived for another 18 months. During that time, she and her husband Charles Jencks worked closely with her medical team, which included oncology nurse, Laura Lee, now Maggie’s Chief Executive, to develop a new approach to cancer care.

In order to live more positively with cancer, Maggie and Charles believed you needed information that would allow you to be an informed participant in your medical treatment, stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed domestic atmosphere.

Maggie was determined that “people should not lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” and the day before she died in June 1995, she sat in her garden, face to the sun and said: “Aren’t we lucky?”

In November 1996, the first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh and what Maggie had planned became real.

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