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Honorary Patrons

We are honoured to work with our Honorary Patrons and supporters - their skill, dedication and generosity are fundamental to Maggie’s.

  • Janet Ellis

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  • Sarah Brown

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  • Frank Gehry

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Janet Ellis

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“I am a huge supporter of Maggie’s because I know what incredible work they do supporting anyone affected by cancer”.

Actress and TV presenter Janet Ellis has been an Honorary Patron of Maggie’s since Maggie’s West London opened in 2008. She plays an important role in raising awareness of Maggie’s and the support we offer by speaking on our behalf at many high profile events including our Carol Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2014 and our biggest fundraising event, Maggie’s Culture Crawl.  

Sarah Brown

Honorary Patron

Sarah Brown became Patron of Maggie's Joy of Living campaign in 2007 and was instrumental in raising £15 million to build Maggie's Oxford, Maggie's Cheltenham, Maggie's Swansea, Maggie's Nottingham and Maggie's Newcastle. As well as being Patron, Sarah sat as head of the National Campaign Board, which oversaw the progress of that campaign.

She has supported Maggie's since 2003 when she and her husband, Gordon Brown, hosted a reception for Maggie's at 11 Downing Street and was central to bringing together a group of supporters and friends to help with the development of Maggie’s Fife. She has since worked tirelessly both privately and publically to ensure that Maggie’s receives national support.

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.   In February 2012 Sarah Brown, joined Lorna Moran the Chair of the Maggie’s Newcastle Fundraising Board and architect Ted Cullinan at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate Maggie’s coming to the North East of England.   She then officially opened Maggie’s at Newcastle'sFreeman Hospital on May 16th 2013.  As a long term Patron, Sarah continues to offer her tremendous support to Maggie's.

Frank Gehry

Honorary Patron

"I hope the architecture won't override the purpose of the building, but complement it and take it to a higher plane of comfort and beauty."

Architect Frank Gehry was a friend of Maggie and Charles and designed Maggie's Dundee. This was Gehry's first building in the UK and it was completed in 2003.

  • Lord Rogers of Riverside

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  • Jon Snow

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  • Sam Taylor-Johnson OBE

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Lord Rogers of Riverside

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“Maggie was a wonderful woman, a powerful intellect and an expert on gardens… It’s a home, really, an extension of a house, but manned by experts, nurses and friends.”

Lord Rogers was a close friend of Maggie who knew of her zest for life. He designed Maggie's London, which went on to win the RIBA Stirling Prize in September 2009.

Jon Snow

Honorary Patron

“I support Maggie’s because I know people whose lives with cancer have been absolutely transformed by Maggie’s. The entire experience of treatment and the rest has been de-isolated and so much of the stress of hospital visits and the rest has become something of a positive community experience for them”.

Journalist and Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow played an important role in drawing attention to the need for Maggie's London. As part of this Jon participated in and supported the first London Night Hike – now Maggie’s Culture Crawl –  in 2005.

Sam Taylor-Johnson OBE

Honorary Patron

“One of the most valuable things about Maggie's Centres is that they are there whenever you need them. That might well be after the cancer is cured, when you've been through it and you're feeling all these suppressed feelings that come gushing back like a tidal wave."

The artist and director Sam Taylor-Johnson was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 29. She became a patron at Maggie's in 2003, creating a series of portraits in Maggie's Fife that were later exhibited at 10 Downing Street and in a series of exhibitions across the UK. 

  • Kirsty Wark

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  • Mary McCartney

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Kirsty Wark

Honorary Patron

“I was drawn to this small charity because of the clear-minded aims of the late Maggie Keswick Jencks - to create an imaginative, inspiring place for people to be able to go at a critical time in their lives, somewhere that feels joyous, a beacon of hope after the diagnosis of cancer.”

Journalist and Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark has been a patron of Maggie's since 2000. She is chair of our Glasgow Fundraising Board and has hosted several high profile events in aid of Maggie's.

Mary McCartney

Honorary Patron

I’m delighted to support Maggie’s which is a wonderful charity. I’m passionate about cancer support, particularly after experiencing cancer within my own family, and that’s why I firmly believe having somewhere like Maggie’s is so important. After seeing first hand the fantastic work that goes on in Maggie’s Centres, I feel extremely proud to support the charity.
 
Photographer, Mary McCartney, became an Honorary Patron in December 2014. She opened our interim Centre in Merseyside – Maggie’s Merseyside at Clatterbridge and acts as an ambassador for Maggie’s, speaking on our behalf to raise awareness of the valuable support we provide for people with cancer and their families and friends.

Janet Ellis

Honorary Patron
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“I am a huge supporter of Maggie’s because I know what incredible work they do supporting anyone affected by cancer”.

Actress and TV presenter Janet Ellis has been an Honorary Patron of Maggie’s since Maggie’s West London opened in 2008. She plays an important role in raising awareness of Maggie’s and the support we offer by speaking on our behalf at many high profile events including our Carol Concert at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2014 and our biggest fundraising event, Maggie’s Culture Crawl.  

Sarah Brown

Honorary Patron
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Sarah Brown became Patron of Maggie's Joy of Living campaign in 2007 and was instrumental in raising £15 million to build Maggie's Oxford, Maggie's Cheltenham, Maggie's Swansea, Maggie's Nottingham and Maggie's Newcastle. As well as being Patron, Sarah sat as head of the National Campaign Board, which oversaw the progress of that campaign.

She has supported Maggie's since 2003 when she and her husband, Gordon Brown, hosted a reception for Maggie's at 11 Downing Street and was central to bringing together a group of supporters and friends to help with the development of Maggie’s Fife. She has since worked tirelessly both privately and publically to ensure that Maggie’s receives national support.

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.   In February 2012 Sarah Brown, joined Lorna Moran the Chair of the Maggie’s Newcastle Fundraising Board and architect Ted Cullinan at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate Maggie’s coming to the North East of England.   She then officially opened Maggie’s at Newcastle'sFreeman Hospital on May 16th 2013.  As a long term Patron, Sarah continues to offer her tremendous support to Maggie's.

Frank Gehry

Honorary Patron
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"I hope the architecture won't override the purpose of the building, but complement it and take it to a higher plane of comfort and beauty."

Architect Frank Gehry was a friend of Maggie and Charles and designed Maggie's Dundee. This was Gehry's first building in the UK and it was completed in 2003.

Lord Rogers of Riverside

Honorary Patron
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“Maggie was a wonderful woman, a powerful intellect and an expert on gardens… It’s a home, really, an extension of a house, but manned by experts, nurses and friends.”

Lord Rogers was a close friend of Maggie who knew of her zest for life. He designed Maggie's London, which went on to win the RIBA Stirling Prize in September 2009.

Jon Snow

Honorary Patron
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“I support Maggie’s because I know people whose lives with cancer have been absolutely transformed by Maggie’s. The entire experience of treatment and the rest has been de-isolated and so much of the stress of hospital visits and the rest has become something of a positive community experience for them”.

Journalist and Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow played an important role in drawing attention to the need for Maggie's London. As part of this Jon participated in and supported the first London Night Hike – now Maggie’s Culture Crawl –  in 2005.

Sam Taylor-Johnson OBE

Honorary Patron
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“One of the most valuable things about Maggie's Centres is that they are there whenever you need them. That might well be after the cancer is cured, when you've been through it and you're feeling all these suppressed feelings that come gushing back like a tidal wave."

The artist and director Sam Taylor-Johnson was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 29. She became a patron at Maggie's in 2003, creating a series of portraits in Maggie's Fife that were later exhibited at 10 Downing Street and in a series of exhibitions across the UK. 

Kirsty Wark

Honorary Patron
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“I was drawn to this small charity because of the clear-minded aims of the late Maggie Keswick Jencks - to create an imaginative, inspiring place for people to be able to go at a critical time in their lives, somewhere that feels joyous, a beacon of hope after the diagnosis of cancer.”

Journalist and Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark has been a patron of Maggie's since 2000. She is chair of our Glasgow Fundraising Board and has hosted several high profile events in aid of Maggie's.

Mary McCartney

Honorary Patron
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I’m delighted to support Maggie’s which is a wonderful charity. I’m passionate about cancer support, particularly after experiencing cancer within my own family, and that’s why I firmly believe having somewhere like Maggie’s is so important. After seeing first hand the fantastic work that goes on in Maggie’s Centres, I feel extremely proud to support the charity.
 
Photographer, Mary McCartney, became an Honorary Patron in December 2014. She opened our interim Centre in Merseyside – Maggie’s Merseyside at Clatterbridge and acts as an ambassador for Maggie’s, speaking on our behalf to raise awareness of the valuable support we provide for people with cancer and their families and friends.