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New 'Maggie's Centre' cancer care unit planned for Clatterbridge
1:18pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A NEW support centre is planned to be built in the grounds of Clatterbridge cancer centre.
If given the go-ahead, Maggie’s Centre will provide meeting spaces for “group support and individual reflection” during treatment.
The unit will feature portable cabins enclosed by a translucent wall, creating small courtyards.
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre said the aim is to create “a homely environment, where cancer sufferers and their friends and family feel welcome and supported. “
A spokesman said: "This new purpose-built centre will be there for anyone affected by cancer, offering a programme of practical, social and emotional support."
The proposal will come before Wirral Council’s planning committee later this month.
Maggie Keswick Jencks was the co-founder alongside husband Charles Jencks of “Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.”
She was a writer, a landscape designer, a painter and a mother of two.
In 1993, she was told that her breast cancer had recurred and spread to her bones, liver and brain and that she had three months to live.
But by joining a trial involving advanced chemotherapy, Maggie extended her life by a further 18 months - and it was in this time that her idea for a cancer caring centre was born.
She talked to her medical team at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh about a place to help their patients with the very real, if not medical, problems of living with cancer.
She drew up a blueprint and plans for a pioneering venture, in a stable block in the grounds of the hospital.
Maggie died in July, 1995. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in November of 1996.
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