Supermarket donates £2.5k to local cancer support centre

Maggie’s Wirral has received a donation of £2,588.69 from Sainsbury’s stores in Upton, Ellesmere Port, and Prenton.

Alongside three other local charities, Maggie’s was nominated to receive a donation from supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

Store managers that nominated Maggie’s were; Laura Smith, Store Manager at Upton, Richard Druce, Store Manager at Ellesmere Port, and Toni Linley, Store Manager at Prenton.

Maggie’s Cancer Centre is located just a stone’s throw away from Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Wirral. The centre is warm, welcoming, very light and uplifting. Maggie’s has been carefully designed to bring comfort, chairs are curved to make people feel like they have had a much-needed hug.

Maggie’s offers a programme of support which has been shown to improve physical and emotional well-being. This is delivered by a team of qualified professional; they have cancer specialist nurses, a clinical psychologist on hand to give immediate advice and support and benefit advisors to help with money worries.

Laura Smith, Store Manager of Upton Sainsbury’s said, ‘’The wonderful team at Maggie’s Cancer Charity Wirral received £2,588.69 to continue their support to people in our areas living with cancer.

“We chose Maggie’s as the centre has supported both our customers and colleagues during their cancer journeys. Maggie’s have also supported us in our roles at Sainsbury’s, they provided training for how we can support members of staff that are affected by cancer.’’

Maggie’s offers ‘How to Deal Cancer in the Workplace’ training sessions to local employers. The training session is facilitated by the Centre Head, Kathy Wright and works in partnership with Brabners Law firm. The session provides an understanding of the emotional and physical needs of employees and the financial impacts that a cancer diagnosis can bring. Brabners offer practical guidance to help employers create the right framework to be able to support employees with cancer and to protect the organisation.

Laura said, ‘’The session has been invaluable for us to support our colleagues at their most vulnerable time. We look forward to continuing to work with this amazing charity.’’

If you would like further information about the Cancer in the workplace training please contact Sarah, Centre Fundraiser at sarah.burgess@maggies.org

Kathy Wright, Centre Head at Maggie’s said, “We are extremely grateful to Sainsbury’s for nominating Maggie’s to receive this donation.

“It is important that people know we are here for anyone affected by cancer, and because bewildering changes not only affect the person with cancer, but also their family and friends, we offer our services to them as well. If you or anyone you know is struggling, please do just drop in.”

Image: The Children’s Heart Association following a £1,500 donation from Barratt and David Wilson Homes

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