On Monday 8 April we celebrated the opening of our new centre built within the grounds of the Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff.
The new centre has been designed by award-winning Welsh architects Dow Jones and was developed by our organisation working in partnership with the Velindre Cancer Centre to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer at the hospital. Every year 18,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Wales.
The Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff sees around 5,000 new diagnoses a year, with a further 50,000 new outpatient appointments from people living with or after cancer within the South Wales cancer network. The largest cancer centre in the country, it provides specialist cancer services to over 1.5 million people in Cardiff, Newport and beyond.
Sam Holliday, Maggie’s Cardiff Centre Head, says:
We are so pleased to be opening a brand-new Maggie’s centre in Cardiff. Alongside Maggie’s Swansea we will now be able to help people across South Wales throughout their cancer treatment and beyond. Anyone who is currently worried about cancer can just come in to talk to us for free, professional advice and support in a calm, relaxing environment.
Maggie’s Cardiff will offer a way of living well with cancer. This includes making sure that people with cancer, as well as their family and friends are offered tailored individual support, group support and practical advice, all delivered by qualified professionals within a space that enables them to meet other people who understand what it means to be living with cancer too. The Centre will offer psychological support, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga. As well as offering benefits and welfare advice.
Michele Pengelly, Supportive Care Lead Nurse at Velindre Cancer Centre, says:
I am delighted to be able to signpost patients and their families to the Maggie’s centre at Velindre. Maggie’s offers a warm, informal, supportive and welcoming space for anyone with cancer to drop in and an experience their creative programme of support.
Maggie’s Cardiff joins 22 other centres across the UK and abroad and is the second Welsh Centre, joining Maggie’s South West Wales at Singleton Hospital in Swansea.