Who was Maggie?
Maggie was a writer, gardener and designer. When she was 47, Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer and five years later, in May 1993, on a visit to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, she was told that it had returned.
After hearing this, Maggie and her husband Charles Jencks were moved to a windowless corridor where they were left to process the news. They discussed the need for somewhere 'better' for people with cancer to go, outside of but nearby to the hospital.
Maggie and Charles designed the blueprint for the centres together, enlisting the help of some of their friends from the architectural world. The first ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and we now have centres across the UK and even some abroad.
Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.
Maggie felt that her diagnosis and treatment was as hard on her family as it was on her, so she created a new type of support, a centre that could make the experience of cancer more manageable for everyone.
She believed that with encouragement to become actively involved in treatment, and with the right information and support, people could change the way they live with cancer.
Maggie also wanted to bring people together in a calm and friendly space that would help them to find comfort in the experiences of others.
Maggie died shortly before the first centre opened, at the Western General Hospital â€“ but with the support of Charles, and her medical team, including her cancer nurse Laura Lee (now Maggieâ€™s CEO), her vision has lived on.
Growing our support
¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë has now grown into a network of centres built beside NHS hospitals across the UK.
Our centres help people to take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.
We also have centres abroad and plan to extend our support to have 30 centres open in the UK by 2022.
- 1988 â€“ Maggie is first diagnosed with breast cancer.
- 1993 â€“ Maggieâ€™s breast cancer returns.
- 1994 â€“ Maggie writes â€˜A view from the front lineâ€™ (a publication about her experience).
- 1994 â€“ Maggie and her oncology nurse Laura Lee develop early plans for a â€˜Cancer Caring Centre'.
- 1995 â€“ Architect Richard Murphy produces a plan to convert a stable building at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
- 1995 â€“ On 8 July, Maggie dies. The blueprints for what would become the very first Maggieâ€™s centre were on her hospital bed.
- 1996 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Edinburgh opens.
- 2000 â€“ An extension to ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Edinburgh is opened.
- 2002 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Glasgow opens.
- 2003 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Dundee opens.
- 2005 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Highlands opens.
- 2006 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Fife opens.
- 2008 â€“ Her Majesty The Queen becomes ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë President. ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë West London opens.
- 2010 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Cheltenham and Glasgow Gartnnavel opens.
- 2011 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Nottingham and Maggieâ€™s Swansea open.
- 2012 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Cambridge (interim) opens, formed following a merger with Wallace Cancer Care and ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Hong Kong opens.
- 2013 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Aberdeen, ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Newcastle and ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Oxford open.
- 2014 - Maggieâ€™s Lanarkshire and Maggieâ€™s Wirral (interim) open.
- 2016 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Manchester, Maggieâ€™s Tokyo and Maggieâ€™s at the Royal Free (interim) open. The centre at the Royal Free is formed following a merger with the Cancerkin charity.
- 2017 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Forth Valley, Maggieâ€™s Oldham and Maggieâ€™s Barts open.
- 2018 â€“ ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Edinburgh second extension opens.
- 2019 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Cardiff and KÃ¡lida Barcelona open.
- 2019 â€“ Laura Lee awarded DBE.
- 2020 â€“ Maggieâ€™s Leeds and Maggieâ€™s at the Royal Marsden officially open.
- 2021 â€“ ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Southampton and ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Wirral opens.
Centres in development
- Maggieâ€™s Northampton
- ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Coventry
- Maggieâ€™s Norway
- Maggieâ€™s Netherlands
- ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Bristol
- ¾ÞÈéÎÞÂë Preston.