Edinburgh is a magnificent city in itself, but did you know it is also the birth place of a charity now active all across the world supporting thousands of cancer patients every year?
In 1993, Maggie Keswick-Jencks was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Originally from Dumfries, she underwent treatment at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and as she sat by the window undergoing chemotherapy she noticed some stables across from the unit. At the same time, she recognised that there was not much emotional support available for cancer patients and their families and that was when the idea for a whole new approach to cancer care was born.
In November 1996 – 1 and a half years after Maggie’s death – the Maggie’s Centre was opened by her husband – Charles Jencks – in the exact same stables Maggie was looking over in 1993. Now in its 21st year, Maggie’s Edinburgh remains a valuable source of support for cancer patients, aiming to strengthen the physical and emotional well-being of those affected.Fountain Court’s nominated charity
The running of Maggie’s Edinburgh costs £590,000 a year – and that’s just one Centre. To help ensure that this valuable source of support is available to everyone who has to deal with cancer and for years to come, we’ve chosen Maggie’s as the charity we would like to support throughout 2018.
To raise money for this cause which is close to our hearts, we are currently planning a number of fundraising activities and events which will be commencing with our Christmas Jumper Day on 15th December 2017.