Every year, nearly 400,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK, facing tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends too.
Here with you
The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 24 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK. Maggie’s programme of support has been shown to strengthen the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with cancer and their loved ones.
The Maggie’s Oxford centre is in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital in Headington. We’re open from 9am to 5pm every weekday, and you can just drop in, no referral is needed.
Many of our staff are NHS-trained and all our Cancer Support Specialists have expert knowledge about cancer and treatment. Our centres have psychologists and benefits advisors who are available for anyone with cancer and those close to them. We also work with experts who provide exercise groups, yoga, nutrition advice and much more.
How does Maggie’s help?
Our workshops, courses, one-to-one and group support session help people to change the way they live with cancer. We focus on the things that really make a difference, like money worries, help with stress and depression, managing side-effects and relationship and family support.
Understanding every person’s individual circumstances is central to what we do and means we can guide them to the support that will help them the most. Our cancer support is evaluated regularly, and is informed by external research findings, our own research and advice from our external reviews.
A friendly space
Maggie’s centres are all original and inspiring. They are calm, welcoming places, full of light and warmth. They each have a kitchen table at their heart and offer glimpses of nature in their surroundings. Our centres are almost like visiting a good friend who can provide a listening ear in a comfortable setting. Our Oxford centre is like a tree-house, set in the trees – and facing away from the clinical setting of the Churchill Hospital.
Pip Dingle, Centre Fundraising Manager at Maggie’s Oxford says; “We are so incredibly proud to be the charity partner of WalkWithMe. We love working with the team in the run-up to the event and are always overjoyed to see how much people embrace the the challenge of walking 26miles. It’s such an incredible atmosphere and a brilliantly organised event. All your efforts go towards helping people with cancer and their loved ones. Every penny raised helps to keep our centre open and to provide support when people with cancer and their loved ones need it the most. It means the world to us that you are involved. Thank you!”