Construction commences at new Maggie’s Oldham Centre built within the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital

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Construction commences at new Maggie’s Oldham Centre built within the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital
27 July 2016

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, is celebrating as construction has now officially commenced at its new Centre built in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital which will be named ‘Maggie’s Oldham, The Sir Norman Stoller Centre’. The Building is Maggie’s second in the Greater Manchester area.

To mark the occasion Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive, Professor Matt Makin, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s Executive Medical Director, Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Dr Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive at Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Oldham's Mayor and Mayoress: Councillor Derek Heffernan and Di Heffernan and principal donors to the new centre Sir Norman Stoller, with fellow Trustees, Roger Gould and Stephen Lowe from The Stoller Charitable Trust and Katie Allen, representing the Eric and Margaret Kinder Charitable Trust, were on site to celebrate this momentous milestone of breaking ground.

Maggie’s Oldham has been designed by acclaimed architects dRMM and was developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer. 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.

Once open, Maggie’s Oldham will give visitors access to Maggie’s evidence based programme of support, including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga. The Centre is due to open in summer 2017 and is predicted to receive 10,000 visits every year, many of whom will use it to relax before or after treatment and to share experiences with other cancer patients.

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said:

“I’m delighted that construction of Maggie’s Oldham has been able to start in earnest, so soon after the opening of Maggie’s Manchester, bringing us one step closer to the Centre opening its doors and offering the people of Greater Manchester a greater level of cancer support to complement the NHS hospitals. My sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported Maggie’s and made our Centre at The Royal Oldham a reality.

We have gifted the naming rights to Sir Norman Stoller whose generous donation of £3m enabled us to fund the centre in full. The building will be known as ‘Maggie’s Oldham, The Sir Norman Stoller Centre’. The generosity of The Stoller Charitable Trust will allow us to open our doors next year to provide cancer support of the highest quality in Oldham.”

Sir Norman Stoller, principal donor to the Centre and founder of The Stoller Charitable Trust said:

“There are many things that we at The Stoller Charitable Trust are very proud of, but our involvement in Maggie’s is a good example of the things that we are most proud of.  I am humbled to see a Maggie’s at The Royal Oldham Hospital becoming a reality.  We are absolutely delighted to have helped to bring this to Oldham, where I started my business and spent my working life. As I personally have had cancer I recognise the real need for cancer support and it is pleasing to know that Oldham’ers will now benefit from this Centre as well.”  

Built in the grounds of NHS 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. Once open Maggie’s Oldham will be there for anyone and everyone affected by cancer, offering an enhanced and unique evidence-based programme of support delivered in an uplifting, non-clinical environment, as well as a comprehensive service of complementary therapies including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga.

Professor Matt Makin, Executive Medical Director at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust added:

“It will be fantastic to have this valuable service here on The Royal Oldham Hospital site. We know that our patients will benefit from the practical, emotional and social support that will be provided at Maggie’s Oldham, which will be housed in an amazing new building which we are sure will be well-received by patients and their families.”

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.

To find out more about Maggie’s Oldham, the programme of support the Centre will offer or to get involved with fundraising visit www.maggiescentres.org/oldham

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For more information please contact Marie Turnbull on marie.turnbull@maggiescentres.org and 07824 691 140.

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About Maggie’s

  • Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people 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 19 Centres across the UK and abroad, with more planned for the future. There is a further online Centre for support.
  • 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.
  • 2016 marks Maggie’s 20th
  • Maggie’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

For further information about Maggie’s please go to www.maggiescentres.org