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Maggie’s is a charity providing free cancer support and information in centres across the UK and online.
How we can help
Our Support Specialists, Psychologists and Benefits Advisors are here, if you or someone you care about has cancer.
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Listen to Laura Lee on radio station Incapable Staircase
Host Derek Francis, who is living with advanced cancer, chatted with Laura about being a nurse, how she met Maggie, the special warm welcome of our centres and ‘the humanity’ of our support staff.
Some of Laura’s favourite musical tracks were also played with Laura explaining why those songs are so special to her.
Derek, who was told he has two years to live at the start of 2020, said: “This radio show is all about making the most of the time I have left, raising awareness of cancer and of the support Maggie’s offers.
“I was absolutely delighted to have Laura on the show, we had a wonderful chat and the response we have had on social media has been fantastic. I can’t wait to have someone else from Maggie’s on the show soon.”
During the interview, Derek also speaks about his own diagnosis, his experience of visiting Maggie’s Leeds and how Maggie’s Edinburgh supported a close friend through the last three years of his life.
The show has already featured Derek interviewing Miriam Margolyes as well as close friends, Corrie’s Sue Devaney and the incomparable Su Pollard. Next month he is welcoming Broadway legend Betty Buckley.
We're here for you – World Cancer Day
To mark World Cancer Day 2021, Dame Laura Lee, our CEO, shares this short film as a reminder that we’re always here for you, whenever you need us.
We know that the past year has been a particularly difficult and worrying time for people with cancer and their families and friends.
The pandemic has meant delayed or cancelled treatments, late diagnosis, the difficulty of having to shield and the loneliness and anxiety that comes with it.
A message of support from our President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
As the proud President of Maggie’s, I wanted to mark World Cancer Day by sending my very best wishes to all those who are living with cancer at this extremely challenging time. You are very much in my thoughts and prayers today. I should also like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, those who are working to create a future without cancer. You give us hope that, together, we will be able to defeat this devastating disease.
How we’re supporting you
We’ve changed the way we offer support so we can be there, even if you can’t come in to a Maggie’s centre.
In the last year, we’ve been able to support people 239,000 times.
- Moved our expert support online, by email and phone
- Opened centres for families like Jamie's so they could spend quality time during lockdown
- Offered face-to-face appointments when possible.
Our Cancer Support Specialists are here to listen to how you’re feeling, talk things through and guide you to the right information.
We’re here with you, in our centres, on the phone and over email.
Find your nearest centre to find out how to get in touch.
Coronavirus and Maggie's
Our priority is, as always, to support people with cancer in the best way we possibly can through this difficult time.
We are ready to welcome you in a way which adheres to all local and Government guidelines.
Are the centres open?
Yes, we can now support you in all of our centres, except Maggie's at The Royal Free.
Most of our support will still be on the phone and email but we’re here for you in the centres too.
Please call us to make a time to visit so we can make sure there aren’t too many people in the centres at the same time.
But, if you’re already visiting the hospital, just come in.
How are you protecting people in the centres?
We’ve made careful plans, in line with Government guidelines, to keep our visitors and staff as safe as possible.
We have the highest standard of hygiene and the centres are frequently cleaned.
If you come to see us, please:
- Call us to make an appointment – this is so our centres don’t get too busy
- Wash your hands – when you arrive and when you leave
- Use hand sanitiser – available throughout every centre
- Wear a face covering – visit the gov.uk website for more information
- Don’t get too close – we ask everyone to keep a two-metre distance.
NHS Track and Trace – will I need to give my personal details if I visit a centre?
Yes, we are now required to collect your contact details if you visit us. This is so the right people can be contacted if there is a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus.
You can find more information about how we will collect your data and how and when it will be used in our privacy notice.
Can I get cancer support over the phone?
Yes, we will mostly still be supporting people over the phone, through email and online. You can call our general support number and we will direct your call to your nearest centre.
A Cancer Support Specialist, Benefits Advisor or Psychologist will either take your call straight away or get back to you as soon as possible.
Call: 0300 123 1801
You can also call a centre directly for support. Search for your nearest centre to find their contact details.
Can I get cancer support online?
There are lots of ways we can support you online:
- Take a look at the cancer support and cancer information sections of our website
- Read our series of blog posts about the issues around coronavirus and people with cancer
- Get video and audio relaxation and breathing exercises
Can I get cancer support on weekends and bank holidays?
We are open, and here on the phone and email, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm except on bank holidays.
Do you have any advice for people with cancer worried about coronavirus?
Yes, if you have questions, we can help. Call 0300 123 1801.
There's also some guidance produced by the One Cancer Voice charities in partnership with NHS England. It has information if you are:
- living with cancer now
- have had cancer in the past
- worried you have cancer
- friends, family and carers
Where can I get information about restrictions in my area?
You can check the coronavirus restrictions in your area of the UK by visiting the relevant government websites:
Are Maggie’s fundraising events still happening?
Any fundraising activity that involves group participation has been postponed. Please check the event pages to find out more.
However, your support is needed now more than ever and it’s vital that we keep fundraising going during this time.
We will do everything we can at Maggie’s to give the best possible support to people with cancer whether it be in our centres, online or over the phone. We know this is a particularly difficult and worrying time and we are here for you. We are also committed to helping our colleagues in the NHS in every way we can.
Laura Lee, Maggie’s CEO