The new Maggie’s Centre being set up to serve cancer sufferers throughout Lanarkshire has received a major cash boost.
The charity, which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, has been given £7500 by the John Hartson Foundation towards running costs of the new purpose built facility.
Maggie’s Lanarkshire at the Elizabeth Montgomerie Building, due to be officially opened this September, has been running a full evidence based programme of support in the grounds of Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, since June.
Visitors to the Maggie’s Lanarkshire can already access psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, and tai chi.
Maggie’s Lanarkshire Centre head Lorrie Forsyth said: “Everyone at Maggie’s Lanarkshire is incredibly grateful for the wonderful gift from the John Hartson Foundation.
“The John Hartson Foundation has been a tremendous support to Maggie’s in the past and continues to show its support by contributing towards the running costs of our incredible new Centre in the grounds of Monklands Hospital.
“While we have had incredibly generous donors contribute to the build of the new Centre, not least the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation who donated more than £1 million to the cost of the build, we rely on continued fundraising and individual gifts in order to be able to continue to provide support to people with cancer, and their family and friends, throughout the whole of the Lanarkshire area.”
John Hartson Foundation’s fundraiser Elizabeth Emmerson visited Maggie’s Lanarkshire to present staff and Centre visitors with a cheque.
She said: “I know Maggie’s well and I know how important the support they offer.”