Ray Wookey

Ray's Lands End to John o Groats cycling

Fundraising for Maggie's Centres
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We offer free support to people with cancer and their loved ones


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Ray Wookey will be cycling 1008 miles over 14 days, in September 2020, from Lands End to John o Groats. The average daily mileage will be 72 miles per day. He will be riding a Scott E Strike e bike. Coincidentally Ray was 72 years of age in May. Ray will be raising funds for Maggies which is a cancer support charity that offers free support to people with cancer and their family and friends through a network of centres across the UK, online and abroad.

Jackie is Lady Captain at Walton Heath Golf Club this year and along with the Men’s Captain, Nick, has chosen Maggie's as their Charity for the year. After visiting the latest centre in the grounds of the Royal Marsden Hospital at Sutton with Jackie, I was overwhelmed by the amazing support they offer to people who have been given a diagnosis of cancer, and their families.

Maggie’s at The Royal Marsden in Sutton.

‘Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying’ Those were the words spoken by our founder Maggie’s and remain at the heart of Maggie’s today.

The original blueprint for the first Maggie’s centre was laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband Charles during Maggie’s treatment for breast cancer. Maggie was determined that people should not lose the ‘joy of living in the fear of dying’ and believed that in order to live well with cancer people needed information and advice that would allow them to be a more informed participant in their own treatment. She discussed her ideas with her cancer nurse Laura Lee, who is now CEO of Maggie’s and they came up with a blueprint for a new type of cancer care. They called it Maggie’s! Whilst Maggie sadly passed away just before the first Maggie’s centre opened in Edinburgh, she had done all the necessary groundwork.

Now 24 years on we have 26 Maggie’s centres – with the latest being at The Royal Marsden in Sutton.

Whilst all Maggie’s centres look completely different – the support they offer is the same. Whether it’s advice on treatment, or money worries – every centre has professionals on hand to offer free support, advice and to run groups and activities to help people living with cancer.

Maggie’s at the Royal Marsden is a breathing space away from the hospital where anyone living with cancer can access free cancer support, in a beautiful environment or just have the space to sit and have a cup of tea.

Now open, the centre is expected to receive over 25,000 visits a year from people living with cancer. The centre relies entirely on the generosity of it’s supporters to keep the doors open, and so any support really does make a huge difference!

Follow Rays journey day to day on You Tube.  Look up Ray Wookey.

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Maggie's Centres

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Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places built alongside NHS hospitals that provide the support that people with cancer and their family and friends need. www.maggiescentres.org

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