Cancer support centre marks first anniversary after landmark year

A cancer support centre paid for by the Steve Morgan Foundation has provided free support and advice to people living with cancer 16,863 times since it opened a year ago.

It’s 12 months since Maggie’s Wirral at the Steve Morgan Foundation Building was opened by leading philanthropist and has already directly helped 10,916 people with cancer.

To mark the first anniversary, Steve returned to see how the cancer support centre, which was commissioned, designed, built and funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation, had changed lives.

He said, “It was a humbling experience and I am delighted we are now marking a year since we opened and so many people are being helped at what is an incredibly tough time.

“I am already looking forward to a time when the same can be said for even more people in Liverpool and those of North Wales.”

Thanks to the Steve Morgan Foundation a second centre in Liverpool – to be built within the grounds of the New Royal Liverpool Hospital next to the new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool – is also in the development stages. Discussions are also underway for a third centre in North Wales.

Steve Morgan, of the Steve Morgan Foundation and Kathy Wright, Head of Maggie’s Wirral.

Kathy Wright, centre head of Maggie’s Wirral said, “I can’t believe it has been a year since we opened but we couldn’t imagine supporting people anywhere else now and I know what a big difference having our incredible centre has meant to our visitors.

“With so much space we have been able to reach so many more people and given what a difficult time it is for people with cancer with the cost of living crisis coming on the back of the pandemic, our professional psychological, emotional and practical support is needed now more than ever.”

Dame Laura Lee, chief executive at Maggie’s said, “It’s wonderful that our centre has made such a difference to people living with cancer in the year it has been open.

“The space and support wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the generosity of the Steve Morgan Foundation and I know their continuing support will mean even more people across the North West of England and north Wales will be able to find the support they need at what is possibly the hardest time of their lives.”

Pippa was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in September 2020. Pippa and her partner Rufus have been visiting Maggie’s Wirral at the interim site since her diagnosis and now at the Maggie’s Wirral at the Steve Morgan Foundation Building.

Rufus said, “I visit Maggie’s Wirral each time I take my precious Pippa for treatment and scans. For me personally Maggie’s is the most extraordinary, tranquil oasis made possible by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“It’s brought to life by the extraordinary staff and the wonderful volunteers of everything I need, every time I step through the door. Maggie’s has been the softest of places for me to land at the hardest of times.”

Maggie’s helps people take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.


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