Planning permission for a new Maggie’s Centre to be built on the current Velindre Cancer Centre site in Whitchurch, Cardiff has been approved by Cardiff Council. Building work is planned to commence before the end of the year
Maggie’s Centres are based in the grounds of large cancer centres and provide emotional and practical support for people with cancer, their families and friends. They are independent but work in partnership with the NHS across the UK.
In June this year, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced funding of £850,000 would be available to build a Maggie’s Centre on the site of the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.
The Maggie's Centre, to be known simply as "Maggie's", will provide cancer support for people across South East Wales. The Centre, designed by Dow Jones Architects, will be a comfortable and calm space which will lift people's spirits. The Centre will be staffed by a dedicated professional team offering Maggie's unique programme of support which includes drop-in cancer support, stress management, nutritional workshops, benefits advice, relaxation and much more.
Sarah Beard, Business Development Director at Maggie’s said: “Maggie’s has been working with Velindre for a number of years to plan the establishment of a centre which will serve the whole population of South East Wales. We are already operational at 21 major cancer centres across the UK and abroad. This is going to be a fantastic addition.”
Steve Ham, Chief Executive of Velindre NHS Trust said: “We’re delighted at the prospect of Maggie’s joining us here at Velindre Cancer Centre to offer our patients easy access to these additional support services.”
Source: Velindre Cancer Centre