On the 11th December Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer and their family and friends, celebrated the opening of its new Centre built within the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.
The new Centre has been designed by acclaimed architect Steven Holl and was developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer at the hospital. Every year over 30,000 people in London are diagnosed with cancer and the number of people living with and beyond cancer in the city is over 200,000, this is forecast to double by 2030.
Based in the heart of the City, Barts Health serves a population of over 1.5 million Londoners and as a national cancer referral unit has world-class cancer treatment facilities along with a pioneering cancer research institute. Each year the hospital sees around 5,500 new cancer diagnoses and serves one of the UK’s most deprived and ethnically-diverse communities that faces particular hurdles in language and understanding when trying to navigate the cancer journey.
Maggie’s Barts will offer a way of living well with cancer. This includes making sure that people with cancer, as well as their family and friends are offered tailored individual support, group support and practical advice, all delivered by qualified professionals within a space that enables them to meet other people who understand what it means to be living with cancer too. The Centre will offer psychological support, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga. As well as offering benefits and welfare advice, Maggie’s Barts will be offering a specialist advice service around work related matters such as supporting people with cancer in the workplace and help with return to work after treatment.
Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said:
“It is with great pride that we can announce the opening of Maggie’s Barts. The Centre helps us to extend Maggie’s vital practical and emotional support to more people across the capital.
Steven Holl’s design is a perfect blend of old and new and sits beautifully next to the historical hospital site. With its coloured glass and peaceful roof garden, designed by Darren Hawkes, I am sure the Centre will provide a safe haven for people living with cancer and their family and friends across the East of London. I would like to thank everybody involved in designing and building the Centre.”
- 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 23 Centres across the UK and abroad, with more planned for the future. Maggie’s also has an Online Centre.
- Maggie’s Barts is the second purpose built London Centre, joining Maggie’s West London at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, which opened in 2008.
- 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.