The Duchess of Cornwall will open a new Maggie’s cancer support centre in Manchester on next Tuesday, a charity of which Camilla has been patron of since 2008.
The hospital, known as Maggie’s at The Robert Parfet Building, was built in the grounds of the Christie Hospital in Withington. It will be the first opportunity the Maggie’s support centre will bring its helpful services to the residents of Manchester.
The centre was designed by acclaimed architects, Foster + Partners, with Dan Pearson providing the landscaping design.
Christie Hospital is the leading single cancer site in Europe. This new Maggie’s centre was built to enhance the care and support already offered at the hospital.
A second centre is also to be located at the Royal Oldham Hospital where construction will begin soon. Both of these centres will offer a full-bodied program of services such as “psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga.”
Maggie’s chief executive, Laura Lee discussed the naming of the building: “We have gifted the naming rights to Cathy Parfett and her children whose donation was made in memory of her husband, Robert Parfett, who sadly died in 2013.
“Special thanks must also go to The Stoller Charitable Trust, whose incredibly generous donation completed the funding of the centre and which will also create a fully funded second centre for the region in Oldham. Thanks also to The Dr Mortimer & Thersea Sackler Foundation which kicked off our campaign with a significant donation in 2011.”
The aim of the Maggie’s charity is to make a difference in the lives of those living with cancer, their friends and families. To grow the network of support centres and to develop its high-quality, professional staff, the organisation relies on donations.
Ms. Lee also said: “I’m honoured to be welcoming Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to the opening of Maggie’s at The Robert Parfett Building. “We are incredibly grateful to Her Royal Highness’s further continued support of Maggie’s and the difference it makes to those who visit and work in our Centres.”
Ms. Lee also commented on how wonderful it would be to finally serve the people of Manchester by saying; “It is wonderful that we will now be able to offer the people of Greater Manchester, Maggie’s practical, emotional and social support. It has been incredible to watch the centre come to life and for that I would like to thank Foster + Partners and Dan Pearson for their beautiful designs and all of the staff who have been instrumental in making this centre a reality.”