The Duchess of Cornwall opened a new Maggie’s cancer support Centre in the grounds of The Christie Hospital, bringing the charity’s free practical, emotional and social support to the people of Greater Manchester.
The new Centre, known as Maggie’s Manchester at The Robert Parfett Building, has been designed by acclaimed architects Foster + Partners, with complementary landscape design by Dan Pearson.
The Centre was developed by Maggie’s to enhance the care and support already on offer at The Christie, Europe’s largest single site cancer centre. Every year 50,000 people in the North West are diagnosed with cancer. As the number of people living with cancer increases, support becomes even more important.
Maggie’s Manchester is the charity’s 19th completed Centre across the UK and internationally, as well as offering a further online Centre for extra support. The Centre will now provide a full programme of support, including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga.
Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said: “It was an honour to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Lord Foster and all of our guests to the opening of Maggie’s Manchester at The Robert Parfett Building.
It is wonderful that we will now be able to offer the people of Greater Manchester Maggie’s practical, emotional and social support. The team at the Centre are now looking forward to welcoming visitors. Anyone with cancer, their family or friends are welcome to visit and talk to our professional staff, make the most of our programme of support, or simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.”