Typically Maggie’s Manchester receives over 100 visits a day from people facing cancer and their loved ones. The £68,000 donated by the foundation has kept the centre open for over 34 days.
These are people like, Katie, aged 31, who has incurable cancer and has been a regular visitor to Maggie’s for over a year. Katie explained how Maggie’s has helped her:
“When I first walked into Maggie’s I immediately felt it was a safe space where I could talk about things that really scared me and where there was no need to put on a brave face. I felt I had bottled up all my feelings over time so as soon as someone said “are you ok?” I immediately burst into tears. It was great that they just listened to everything I said and it made me feel acknowledged, I felt at home straight away. When in the Centre I’m happiest just sitting around the kitchen table talking to other Centre Visitors. As my cancer is incurable and could come back at any time, the ‘Where Now?’ course has really helped me to adjust to my new life and the uncertainties ahead. There is a great community here and when you spend time here together it’s not just about receiving support but giving it too. Maggie’s makes me feel grounded, I don’t feel a victim here just another person.”