The need for Maggie's Barts

5,500 new cancer diagnoses a year at Barts

Every year, more than 28,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in London, facing tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions that can range from anxiety to loneliness and isolation. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends too.

Maggie’s and Barts hospital are working in partnership to create cancer support of the highest quality for patients and families across the seven London boroughs that refer cancer patients to the hospital. With 5,500 new cancer diagnoses a year at Barts, we are anxious to have this Centre open as soon as possible. There is a vital need to provide cancer support to Barts and we anticipate the Centre will receive over 20,000 visits per year once opened.

The support Maggie's provides

Each of our 20 Centres in the UK is built on the grounds of a specialist NHS cancer hospital at the invitation of the local Trust.

Maggie's offers people with cancer, their families and friends, a place and space to explore tough questions and difficult emotions that can range from anxiety, to loneliness and isolation. Visitors are given the help and information they need to allow them to become informed participants in their medical treatment, along with stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances. The new Centre at Barts will allow us to offer this support to 20,000 people a year.

The people who work in our Centres

Centre Head
Our Centre Heads oversee everything that happens in the Centre, supporting visitors, managing the programme of workshops and courses and mentoring staff. Their background is typically as a senior NHS Oncology Nurse, radiographer or Clinical Psychologist.

Our Psychologist supports individuals on a one-to-one basis as well as running timetabled group sessions focusing on specific cancers.

Cancer Support Specialist
Our Cancer Support Specialists are the first people you'll meet when you walk into Maggie's. They are experienced professionals, who gently explore people's needs as they welcome them to the Centre and guide them to the information and support they need. They also run courses and workshops.

Benefits Advisors
Our Benefits Advisors help people to access their full range of entitlements to benefits and grants, as well as supporting them with other welfare issues.

Relaxation therapists
Our relaxation therapists run sessions proven to help with anxiety, stress and pain relief. These include massage therapy, reflexology and meditation.

Sessional Staff
We also have members of staff who come into our Centres to provide sessions on nutrition, art therapy and creative writing.

Community Fundraiser
Our Community Fundraiser is responsible for delivering local and fundraising campaigns to raise awareness of Maggie's among the people who need us and to ensure that the ongoing Centre costs are met.

Maggie's Centres

"The groundbreaking model of cancer support pioneered by Maggie's has been developed to meet the practical, emotional and social needs of people with cancer. With new diagnoses rising by 3% each year, there is a growing need for Maggie's Centres and the evidence-based support they offer people during diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Across the UK, Maggie's is working with the NHS to create these exceptional Centres on hospital grounds, helping people with cancer to find essential support that will complement their medical treatment."

Mr Sean Duffy, National Clinical Director for Cancer, England