Maggie’s is coming to The Royal Marsden New partnership announced to further enhance support for people with cancer

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, is delighted to announce that it will be opening a new Centre in the grounds of the world-leading cancer centre, The Royal Marsden, in Sutton.

Working in partnership with The Royal Marsden – a world-leading cancer centre specialising in cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education – the new Maggie’s Centre will further enhance the patient care on offer at The Royal Marsden, marking another step forward in the redevelopment of The Royal Marsden’s Sutton site.

The Royal Marsden treats 50,000 patients a year, in its hospitals in Chelsea, London and Sutton, Surrey. Many of these patients will face tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions that can range from anxiety to loneliness and isolation. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends too.

Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. Maggie’s at The Royal Marsden will be designed by London-based studio Ab Rogers Design, with landscaping by world-renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf. The Centre will be there for anyone and everyone affected by cancer, offering an enhanced and unique evidence-based programme of support delivered in an uplifting, non-clinical environment.

Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s said:

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with The Royal Marsden, who have such an amazing track record in cancer treatment and outstanding patient care. The new Centre will allow us to extend our programme of support across London and Ab Rogers’ design will deliver the calm and uplifting space so vital to the support Maggie’s offers.”

Cally Palmer, Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden, said:

“Treating people with cancer is not just about treating their disease; At The Royal Marsden, we treat the whole person – their physical, emotional and psychological needs. Working with Maggie’s, to provide a Maggie’s Centre at The Royal Marsden in Sutton, will enable us to extend the level of non-clinical support in a beautiful environment which I hope will benefit as many of our patients, together with their friends and family, as possible.”

The new Centre will be at the heart of a natural landscape within the hospital grounds surrounded by a number of existing mature trees. The Centre has been developed by Ab Rogers Design (ARD) from the inside out and focuses on creating the best visitor experience possible; internal courtyard gardens will provide both communal and private spaces, the building will be flooded with natural light with plentiful views over the beautiful gardens.

A planning application is due to be submitted in early summer 2015 with the aim to open the Centre to everyone who needs it in early 2017.

The opening of Maggie’s at The Royal Marsden will allow Maggie’s to extend its support even further across London which sees over 28,000 cancer diagnoses a year. There is currently only one Maggie’s Centre in west London, built within the grounds of Charing Cross Hospital.

Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres across London and the UK and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support.