Cancerkin is merging with Maggie’s!

Cancerkin and Maggie’s at the Royal Free Hospital

Cancer charities Cancerkin and Maggie’s have announced that they are to merge on 1 February 2016 to become Maggie’s at the Cancerkin Centre.

The Royal Free is delighted to welcome Maggie’s to the hospital, where the aim will be to provide services and support networks to patients with all forms of cancer as well as their family and friends.

Maggie’s at the Cancerkin Centre will continue to provide all of Cancerkin’s services for people with breast cancer, including lymphoedema treatment, therapies, patient support groups and experienced patient services.  And from next month, patients will also have access to all the additional services that Maggie’s provides, including courses on managing stress, returning to work after cancer and support for family and friends.

Cancerkin has taken the decision to join up with Maggie’s to ensure its stability against a background of cuts, and competition from a range of other charities, whilst it is still in a strong financial position.

Cancerkin Chief Executive Victoria Todd said: “I have watched this charity grow over the years. I am so proud that Maggie’s have agreed to take on and expand our work and provide a much wider range of support services to patients living with cancer. They too have a wealth of experience working on hospital sites.”

Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Cancerkin to create Maggie’s at the Cancerkin Centre. The merger will allow both charities to extend the support offered to ensure people with breast cancer and the wider cancer population in North London receive the extra practical, emotional and social support that they need to live well. The new Centre will complement Maggie’s existing and planned Centres in London, at Charing Cross Hospital, at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and at the Royal Marsden, helping us to fulfil our aim of making the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends across the capital”.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive David Sloman said: ““We have benefited from Cancerkin’s support to our patients over the last 28 years and we now look forward to working with Maggie’s who will continue this fantastic work supporting our cancer patients into the future.”

If you have any other questions about the merger or would like more information please call Cancerkin on 02078302323 or e-mail eshaw@cancerkin.org.uk

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