Sarah Brown - Joy of Living Campaign Patron
Sarah Brown has been instrumental in the Joy of Living Campaign, helping us raise nearly £15 million.
She became Patron of Maggie's Joy of Living campaign in 2007, but has supported Maggie's since 2003 when she and her husband, Gordon Brown, hosted a reception for Maggie's at 11 Downing Street.
Prior to this, Sarah was invited to visit Maggie's Edinburgh and found "a light, colourful environment with a huge kitchen and a comfortable library full of books and other information." At the subsequent reception she saw the architectural models and heard the architects passionately discussing the importance of the work these centres performed.
Sarah Brown was central to bringing together a group of supporters and friends to help with the development of Maggie’s Fife and has since worked tirelessly both privately and publically to ensure that Maggie’s receives national support.
In 2007 The Joy of Living Campaign was launched and Sarah Brown was invited to be its sole patron. The Joy of Living Campaign sought to fund five new cancer caring centres at major hospitals around the UK by raising £15 million. The centres are to be Maggie's Oxford, Maggie's Cheltenham, Maggie's South West Wales, Maggie's Nottingham and Maggie's North East. As well as being Patron, Sarah sits as head of the National Campaign Board, which oversees the progress of the campaign.
Sarah was also present at the opening of Maggie's London in April 2008, hosted a fundraising dinner at Chequers later that year and returned to Maggie's London in April 2009 to give US First Lady Michelle Obama a guided tour.
Sarah took part in the first ever Love Maggie's Day on 26 March 2010 and continues to offer her tremendous support to Maggie's.
Maggie's Centres can be found in the following locations:
- South West Wales
- Hong Kong