We are currently on site construction the new ‘Maggies Centre’ for cancer care in Oldham.

To celebrate the start of construction a breaking ground event was held on site on Monday 25th July 2016.

Maggie’s is a charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.

The new centre is being built in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital which will be named ‘Maggie’s Oldham, The Sir Norman Stoller Centre’ once complete. This centre will be Maggie’s second in the Greater Manchester area.

To mark the occasion Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive, Professor Matt Makin, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s Executive Medical Director, Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Dr Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive at Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Oldham’s Mayor and Mayoress: Councillor Derek Heffernan and Di Heffernan and principal donors to the new centre Sir Norman Stoller, with fellow Trustees, Roger Gould and Stephen Lowe from The Stoller Charitable Trust and Katie Allen, representing the Eric and Margaret Kinder Charitable Trust, and our Regional Director, Steve Williamson were on site to celebrate this momentous milestone of breaking ground.

The scheme has been designed by acclaimed architects dRMM, whom we have worked alongside previously on the Festival House project in Blackpool. The project was developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer at the hospital. Every year 50,000 people in the North West are diagnosed with cancer. As the number of people living with cancer increases, support becomes even more important.

Once open, the facility will give visitors access to Maggie’s evidence based programme of support, including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga. The Centre is predicted to receive 10,000 visits every year, many of whom will use it to relax before or after treatment and to share experiences with other cancer patients.

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said:

I’m delighted that construction of Maggie’s Oldham has been able to start in earnest, so soon after the opening of Maggie’s Manchester, bringing us one step closer to the Centre opening its doors and offering the people of Greater Manchester a greater level of cancer support to complement the NHS hospitals. My sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported Maggie’s and made our Centre at The Royal Oldham a reality.

We have gifted the naming rights to Sir Norman Stoller whose generous donation of £3m enabled us to fund the centre in full. The building will be known as ‘Maggie’s Oldham, The Sir Norman Stoller Centre’. The generosity of The Stoller Charitable Trust will allow us to open our doors next year to provide cancer support of the highest quality in Oldham.”

Sir Norman Stoller, principal donor to the Centre and founder of The Stoller Charitable Trust said:

There are many things that we at The Stoller Charitable Trust are very proud of, but our involvement in Maggie’s is a good example of the things that we are most proud of. I am humbled to see a Maggie’s at The Royal Oldham Hospital becoming a reality. We are absolutely delighted to have helped to bring this to Oldham, where I started my business and spent my working life. As I personally have had cancer I recognise the real need for cancer support and it is pleasing to know that Oldham’ers will now benefit from this Centre as well.”

Professor Matt Makin, Executive Medical Director at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust added:

It will be fantastic to have this valuable service here on The Royal Oldham Hospital site. We know that our patients will benefit from the practical, emotional and social support that will be provided at Maggie’s Oldham, which will be housed in an amazing new building which we are sure will be well-received by patients and their families.”