Our story

2006 - 2009

2006

 

February

The Diamond Ball, a charity dinner arranged by HBOS raises £1million for Maggie's.

May

Maggie's develops its first Five Year Plan, which proposes 12 new centres by 2012.

Also this month venture capitalist Danny Rimer, an active member of the London Board, is appointed Director. With a specialist interest in IT and interactive media, Danny takes a key role in developing Maggie’s online presence.

June

Maggie’s hosts a reception at Number 11 Downing Street.

September

The US cancer support charity, The Wellness Community, and Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres are officially affiliated. The Wellness Center was an initial inspiration for Maggie, Laura and Morag when they visited various institutions in California in March 1995.

November

Maggie's Fife, designed by Zaha Hadid, opens at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. Maggie's Fife was designed by Zaha Hadid for her first UK-based building, Zaha creates a sculptural, sparkling black exterior with sharp angles contrasting with a light-filled interior of welcoming curves. Zaha Hadid said of her design: “It's a great honour to create a building that will enhance the experience of people visiting the Maggie's Centre in Fife. I knew Maggie and we shared an understanding of how significantly environments can help enhance personal wellbeing. I feel confident that Maggie would be heartened to see how her vision has come to fruition.” Gordon and Sarah Brown attend the opening. Sarah Brown’s enthusiasm for Maggie’s leads her to become a Patron of the charity.

Maggie's Fife

2007

The National Campaign Board (NCB) is setup to help Maggie’s raise funds for the new network of centres in England and Wales, recruiting a series of five local campaign boards.

March

Geoffrey Ridley brings legal expertise to the charity’s Board as he is appointed a Director. He was formerly Chair of Trustees at Cancer Bridge, a Newcastle-based charity that donated funding for Maggie’s North East.

May

Interim services in temporary accommodation open in Swansea, South West Wales. Interim services are an important part of the process of establishing a Maggie’s Centre – where possible Maggie’s opens an interim service in advance of a purpose-built centre to provide its programme of support. It is also an extremely useful way to establish a presence in the hospital and local fundraising community.

November

Maggie's website, developed by Vexed Digital with the support of Danny Rimer, is launched.

People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) launches in Scotland, with Maggie’s selected as one of their founding charity partners. PPL goes on to become one of Maggie’s biggest donors, giving us over £1 million in just over two years. As Country Director Annemiek Hoogenboom explains, her ambitions for the lottery are “to raise funds for personalities and organisations who are a role model to make the world a greener and better place”.

The £15 million Joy of Living Campaign is launched, with Sarah Brown as its sole Patron.

December

Maggie's holds a reception at Number 10 Downing Street displaying photographs of visitors to Maggie's Centres taken by Sam Taylor Wood. This is the first time that any pictures other than the Prime Minister's collection have been displayed at Downing Street.

Sam Taylor Wood photo exhibit, Dr Bob

2008

April

Maggie’s is cited in the Government’s Strategy for Cancer Reform as an example of innovative support, Professor Sir Mike Richards, the Government-appointed lead on national cancer issues, visits three Maggie's Centres with Laura Lee and Professor Bob Leonard. This recognition from the Department of Heath for Maggie’s model of cancer care is important both for fundraising and community support.

Maggie's sixth centre in Scotland, an interim service at Wishaw General Hospital in Lanarkshire, opens in temporary accommodation.

The first Maggie’s Centre opens in England at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Nigella Lawson and Sarah Brown attend the opening, which is met with huge media interest. Designed by Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Richard Rogers said that they hoped to create “…Something that is much more than a support centre, more homely, more welcoming, more comfortable, more thought provoking and more uplifting.” The centre wins a number of awards, including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture in September 2009. Landscape designer, Dan Pearson designs the internal courtyard and external landscape for the centre.

June

A fundraising dinner at Chequers, hosted by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah raises £750,000.

September

Maggie's Online Centre, an interactive resource for anyone affected by cancer, is launched.

November

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall agrees to become President of Maggie’s.

Laura Lee with Maggie's President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

December

By the end of 2008 Maggie’s has nine operational centres. Six are designed by architects, three are interim services (in Oxford, Lanarkshire and South West Wales) and five more are designed and well on their way to being funded. More than 80,000 visits are made to the centres since the beginning of the year.

According to an independent report by Professor Mitch Golant and Professor David Spiegel, the charity has now reached a ‘critical mass’ and it could undertake its own programme of research. Reaching out to survivors of cancer is of particular interest to the charity as increasing numbers of people are living beyond a cancer diagnosis. 

2009

April

Michelle Obama visits Maggie’s London with patron Sarah Brown.

Sarah Brown and Michelle Obama at Maggie's London

June

HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall opens an innovative new garden, designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, at Maggie’s Dundee.

July

People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL) launches in England. Maggie’s is again selected as one of its charity partners. The PPL team, including Country Director Annemiek Hoogenboom and Managing Director Jo Bucci, go on to complete Maggie’s London Night Hike in August. In addition to the income provided by the lottery, PPL also supports Maggie’s in Scottish parliamentary receptions and by providing media support.

2010

March

First ever Love Maggie’s Day is held.

Love Maggie's Day at Maggie's Highlands

April

Maggie’s announces plans to complete seven more centres in the Cotswolds, Glasgow Gartnavel, South West Wales, Oxford, Nottingham, North East and Lanarkshire by April 2012. The announcement is followed by a symposium on Architecture and Health, where influential figures from architecture and healthcare explore the ways that architecture could have an impact on people with cancer.

June

Maggie’s, in conjunction with the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, launches a campaign to bring a Maggie’s Centre to Aberdeen, the remaining Scottish city without a centre. The new campaign is called Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal and is led by golfer Colin Montgomerie, whose mother, Elizabeth, died of lung cancer in 1991.