Official opening of Maggie’s Oldham

Friday 9 June

Official opening of Maggie’s Oldham

We are delighted that our new Centre, Maggie's Oldham, officially opened on Friday 9 June 2017, it was a particularly special moment as Maggie’s Oldham is our 21st Centre and opened within our 21st year.

Maggie’s Oldham has been built in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital and has been designed by acclaimed architect’s dRMM. The Centre was developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with The Pennine Acute Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer. The Pennine Acute Trust serves a population of approximately 820,000 and it is anticipated that Maggie’s Oldham will support approximately 10,000 visits every year, once the centre is fully established.

The Centre was officially opened by principal donor to the Centre and founder of The Stoller Charitable Trust, Sir Norman Stoller, and was attended by Jim Potter, Chairman at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee.

Guests gathered as Sir Norman Stoller marked the official opening of the Centre to be known as “Maggie’s Oldham: The Sir Norman Stoller Building”.

Maggie’s evidence based programme of support will begin running from the new Centre from Monday 12th June, with today’s events marking the official opening of the completed Centre.

With advances in medicine and earlier diagnosis, the chances of surviving cancer long term is double that of 40 years ago. As the number of people living with cancer increases, so does the need for practical and emotional support to cope with the challenges that living with and beyond cancer brings.

Maggie’s Oldham 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 really listened to, that they are offered tailored individual support, group support and practical advice, all delivered by qualified professional 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, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, and yoga. 

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said:

I’m delighted that today marks the official opening of Maggie’s Oldham, allowing us to extend the support we offer across Greater Manchester. My sincere thanks go to everyone who has supported Maggie’s and made our Centre at The Royal Oldham a reality.

It has been a real joy to watch the Centre come to life and for that I would like to thank Alex de Rijke of dRMM Architects for his beautiful and thoughtful design and to his team who have been instrumental in creating such an uplifting and calming space.

My very special thanks go to Sir Norman Stoller whose generous donation enabled us to fund the building of the Centre in full and whose passion for Oldham has been the driving force behind the Centre. Thanks to Sir Norman Stoller Maggie’s can now offer the local community the very best support to cope with the challenges that living with and beyond cancer can bring.

Sir Norman Stoller, principal donor 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 become a reality.  We are absolutely delighted to have helped to bring this Centre 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.

Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust added:

It makes me really proud to see the magnificent new Maggies Oldham building standing in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital, enhancing the services we offer. The building is not only architecturally stunning in design it is also a wonderful new haven for the people of Oldham and their families who are affected by cancer.  On behalf of our staff and the people of Oldham I would like to thank Maggies and Sir Norman Stoller, whose kind donation funded the building, along with the architect dRMM.