|Founder(s)||Maggie Keswick Jencks
|Key people||Laura Lee
|Area served||United Kingdom
|Motto||"People with cancer need places like these"|
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres are a network of drop-in centres in Great Britain, which aim to help anyone who has been affected by cancer. They are not intended as a replacement for conventional cancer therapy, but as a caring environment that can provide support, information and practical advice. They are located nearby, but are separate from, existing NHS hospitals.
The Scottish registered charity (registration number SC024414) which promotes, builds and runs the centres is formally named the Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust, but refers to itself simply as Maggie's. It was founded by and named after the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer in 1995. Like her husband, architectural writer and critic Charles Jencks, she believed in the ability of buildings to uplift people. The buildings that house the centres have been designed by leading architects, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers.
Patrons of the charity include Frank Gehry, Jon Snow, Kirsty Wark, and Sarah Brown, wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The charity's Chief Executive Officer is Laura Lee, who was Maggie's cancer nurse.
The first Maggie's Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and is located within the Western General Hospital on Crewe Road. The centre is housed in a converted stable block. The conversion, designed by Richard Murphy, was nominated for 1997 Stirling Prize. The centre was extended, again by Murphy, in 1999.
The Maggie's Centre in Glasgow is located at the Western Infirmary on Dumbarton Road, near the Kelvingrove Museum. The centre is housed in a former gatehouse lodge of the University of Glasgow, renovated and altered by Page\Park Architects. Charles Jencks designed the landscaping around the site, and contributed a DNA sculpture for the garden.
Frank Gehry's first building in the United Kingdom was the Maggie's Centre at Dundee. The centre opened in September 2003 at Ninewells Hospital. Gehry's design was named "Building of the Year" by the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, and was also nominated for the 2004 RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture.
The Maggie's Centre in Inverness, Highland, is at Raigmore Hospital, and was designed by Page\Park Architects. Landscape design and sculptures were again the work of Charles Jencks. The building opened in 2005, and won the 2006 RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture.
The Maggie's Centre in Kirkcaldy, Fife, opened in November 2006 at the Victoria Hospital. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid, and is her first built work in the UK. In the building there is emphasis placed on the transition between the natural and the man-made, and on the period between the hospital and home; the transition after having undergone treatment. There was an emphasis on clear and translucent glass, with powerfully sculptural cantilevers. The entrance facade is almost entirely made from glass. On the north side, the roof extension protects the entrance, while to the south, it provides shade. This can be seen as a fusion between form and function. Much thought has gone into the layout of the building, with the kitchen as the centre of the building and an informal atmosphere.
The Maggie's Centre in London is located at Charing Cross Hospital, West London. Opened in April 2008, the centre was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and was the first purpose-built Maggie's Centre in England. Dan Pearson designed the garden around the centre. In May 2009 the centre won a RIBA award for architectural excellence and was named as London Project of the Year. On October 17, 2009 Richard Rogers and his team at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were awarded the Stirling Prize for the building, and subsequently donated the £20,000 prize money to the cancer care centre.
Maggie's Cheltenham, beside Cheltenham General Hospital, was opened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in October 2010. The centre was designed by Sir Richard MacCormac of MJP Architects, and the landscaping by Dr Christine Facer.
Completed in 2011 Piers Gough's imaginative and bold building for Nottingham's Maggies offers a " light, peaceful and non-institutional design (to) be a sanctuary for all those who walk through the door. Sheltered by trees, the centre (is) a homely, comfortable space next to the busy hospital, where anyone affected by cancer can come to relax. The centre is a safe space where visitors can engage with nature while being sheltered from the elements. From the outside the playful appearance entice(s) people to take a look through the door; once they do the harmony of light and space will create a uniquely welcoming environment.”
South West Wales
Maggie's South West Wales Centre at Singleton Hospital in Swansea was designed by the late Japanese Architect Kisho Kurokawa shortly before his death in 2007. The executive architects were Garbers and James while the landscape design by Kim Wilkie was realised by Terra Firma. The centre was opened in December 2011 by First Minister Carwyn Jones in the presence of guests of honour, Japanese ambassador Keiichi Hayashi, the family of architect Kisho Kurokawa, and Welsh footballer John Hartson.
Maggie’s Newcastle is located at Freeman Hospital, a short walk from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) and was designed by RIBA Royal Gold Medallist, Ted Cullinan of Edward Cullinan Architects.
The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation (EMF) and Maggie's are involved in an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £3m to bring a Maggie's Centre to Foresterhill Hospital, Aberdeen for people with cancer and their family and friends across Grampian. Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest cancer treatment centre but is the only clinical centre in Scotland not supported by Maggie’s. Oslo-based studio Snøhetta designed the centre in collaboration with Scottish firm Halliday Fraser Munro as a curved pebble-shaped building. "In a world of architectural commercialism, it has been the most meaningful task to seek employment with spaces, materials and landscapes in the service of psychological and emotional healing processes," said Snøhetta's Kjetil Thorsen.
In addition to its established centres, Maggie's also has an Online Centre, free for anyone affected by cancer to use. The centre acts as a way for people to meet others in similar circumstances, support each other, learn about healthy living and relaxation and also get help in coping with difficult emotions. The Online Centre also offers users the opportunity to take part in live online chat sessions led by a clinical psychologist.
Maggie's offer an interim service in the following areas:
- Maggie's Lanarkshire at Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw
- Maggie's Oxford at Churchill Hospital, Oxford
- Maggie's Lanarkshire, at Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, designed by Neil Gillespie
- Maggie's Oxford, at Churchill Hospital, designed by Wilkinson Eyre
Christian Voice has been criticised for its role in causing Maggie's Centres to decline a four-figure donation from the proceeds of a special performance of Jerry Springer: The Opera. The charity had been due to receive £10 per ticket for an afternoon gala but declined the donation after CV had threatened to picket their centres.
- See Charles Jencks and Edwin Heathcote, The Architecture of Hope: Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, London, Frances Lincoln, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7112-2597-8
- "Midweek". BBC. 16/03/2011. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- Maggie's Centre, Kirkcaldy by Zaha Hadid Building Design online, 27 October 2006 
- Tree of life The Observer, 11 May 2008
- Rogers deserves recognition for this delightful building London Evening Standard, 21 May 2009 
- Duchess of Cornwall opens Cheltenham cancer care centre BBC News, 19 October 2010 
- Blackstock, Colin (2005-02-24). "Militant Christians block donation to cancer charity". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
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- Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres website
- Maggie's Online Centre
- Project Information on Maggie's Cancer Care Centre, Fife, Scotland
- Militant Christians block donation to cancer charity