Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, is delighted to be part of RHS Tatton Flower Show –22 July – 26 July.
Maggie’s Kitchen Table, inspired by the kitchen table at the heart of every Maggie’s Centre, will sit alongside Maggie’s Water Garden, a beautiful show garden designed by Amanda Waring and Laura Arison and sponsored by homes4u.
Gardens are an integral part of every Maggie’s Centre with each garden carefully created to be a welcoming extension of the inside space, offering uplifting views out from the Centre and a connection to the changing seasons.
Maggie’s Water Garden, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of homes4u, is designed with Maggie’s Centre’s in mind, providing a garden to meet the emotional, psychological, social and practical needs of Centre visitors and their family and friends. The design focuses on factors that support human health and wellbeing, providing a place to sit, relax and reflect.
When the RHS Tatton Flower Show is finished the garden will be immediately transported to Maggie’s Merseyside, in the grounds of The Clatterbridge Hospital, to provide visitors to the Centre and their family and friends with a beautiful tranquil garden to enjoy for years to come.
Gold medal winners Amanda Waring and Laura Arison said: ‘A garden provides a space for wellbeing and connection to nature, we cannot think of a better charity to support than Maggie’s who empower, encourage and sustain’
Amanda and Laura met while studying at the Pickard School of Garden Design. They joined forces to design their first show garden for Maggie’s at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in 2014, winning RHS Gold medal and Best in Show.
Owner and Managing Director of homes4u Carolyn Mellor is proud to be on the board of Maggie’s, a charity close to her heart. She comments: “In our anniversary year it’s wonderful for our business to be involved with Maggie’s in the north west. Maggie’s is a charity which is close to me both on a personal level and location-wise we are very near the planned new Centre, Maggie’s at the Christie. I welcome the opportunity to give back something to this community, which has supported homes4u over the past 25 years.”
Pam Wright, Maggie’s Campaign Manager says: “Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, our Centres are designed by leading architects to be warm, friendly, full of light and open space. They are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support to people with cancer, their families and friends; places to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea. We’re delighted that by 2016 Greater Manchester will have two Maggie’s Centres – at The Christie and in Oldham. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming people to our kitchen table at the RHS to find out more about Maggie’s – hope to see you there.”
Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support across Greater Manchester. The charity aims to make the biggest difference it can to the 50,000 people diagnosed with cancer in Greater Manchester each year, as well as their family and friends
Supporters include Carl Fogerty World Superbike Champion and winner of I’m a celebrity…get me out of here; Man United veterans Gary Neville, Brian Robson, Denis Law, Norman Whiteside; Man City veteran and pundit Fred Eyre; singer Rowetta Sachell; actor Shayne Ward.
Anyone can take part. To share your kitchen table moment for Maggie’s please follow these three simple steps:
Get together with friends, family or colleagues for your Maggie’s Kitchen Table moment
Take a picture and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using #MaggiesKitchenTable and tagging @MaggiesChristie
Donate £1 by texting MAGG35 £1 to 70070 and nominate two friends to do the same