Founder Maggie Keswick Jencks used her own experience of having cancer to create a new type of cancer care. The first Maggie's opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and we now have a network of centres across the UK and some abroad.Visit the Maggie's website
Maggie felt that her diagnosis and treatment was as hard on her family as it was on her, so she created a new type of support, a centre that could make the experience of cancer more manageable for everyone.
She believed that with encouragement to become actively involved in treatment, and with the right information and support, people could change the way they live with cancer.
Maggie also wanted to bring people together in a calm and friendly space that would help them to find comfort in the experiences of others.
Maggie's has now grown into a network of centres built beside NHS hospitals across the UK.
Centres help people to take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.
Maggie's also have centres abroad and plan to extend our support to have 30 centres open in the UK by 2022.