Meet the team

Your Maggie’s Centre is staffed by friendly professionals who can help you find the support you need. Their expertise is freely available to you in one-to-one sessions, workshops or supportive groups. 

Read more about our team below – and find out who they are and how they can help.

  • Kathy Wright

    Kathy Wright

    Centre Head
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  • Gerry Corcoran

    Gerry Corcoran

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Lynne Welsh

    Lynne Welsh

    Cancer Support Specialist
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Kathy Wright

Centre Head

As Centre Head I have to make sure that the Centre runs smoothly. I support and manage a team of professionals and volunteers and ensure that the Centre looks and feels welcoming and comfortable.

Before coming to Maggie’s I worked as a Bowel Cancer Nurse Specialist for many years and have always felt passionate about supporting people affected by cancer. At the Centre I am also a Cancer Support Specialist providing direct emotional and psychological support to people coming for drop-in groups, courses and workshops.

Gerry Corcoran

Benefits Advisor

With many years experience in providing welfare benefits advice, financial and debt support to individuals, families and their carers, I am delighted to be part of the team at Maggie’s Merseyside at Clatterbridge.

Maggie’s provides  a friendly and welcoming individual approach in response to each person’s own circumstances to make sure that they get the right advice and support to meet their needs.
 
I hope that my practical knowledge of the welfare benefits system will offer help, financial advice and practical support, to people at a time of great personal anxiety.

Lynne Welsh

Cancer Support Specialist

My role is to help support anyone affected by cancer, including family and friends of people who have been diagnosed, whether it is emotional, practical or psychological help.

I hope I am able to help people find a way to cope with the various challenges that cancer causes whether this is one-to-one support or finding a part of the programme that could make a positive difference.

Everyday is different and the best part of my job is having the time to spend with visitors when they need it most.

  • Holly Smith

    Holly Smith

    Centre Fundraising Manager
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  • Gemma Hollington

    Gemma Hollington

    Clinical Psychologist
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  • Vicky Ledsom

    Vicky Ledsom

    Cancer Support Specialist
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Holly Smith

Centre Fundraising Manager

As Centre Fundraising Manager my role is to work with new and existing supporters as we raise funds and awareness of our centre. I work with groups, businesses and individuals across Merseyside and Cheshire as they take on fundraising activities from marathons to bake sales and everything in between. I also work to publicise fundraising efforts and raise awareness of the fantastic work at the centre.

The best thing about being a fundraiser is working with fun, committed and loyal volunteers, colleagues and supporters.  It’s a team effort which enables people affected by cancer to access the support provided at the centre.

Maggie’s is important because it’s different for every person that walks through the door. It might be somewhere quiet to sit after treatment, an expert and friendly ear to talk through concerns with, or just a place to catch up with friends made through sharing similar experiences.

Gemma Hollington

Clinical Psychologist

I work as part of the team at Maggie’s Merseyside to provide psychological and emotional support for our Centre visitors. I deliver some of the courses we run here, facilitate support groups, and provide individually tailored support to meet the needs of our Centre visitors where appropriate.  

The best thing about my job are the people!  As Maggie’s supports anyone affected by cancer, my job affords me the opportunity to  meet a diverse range of people, all with their own unique perspectives, strengths and challenges. I feel privileged to be able to get to know people, and to come alongside them to offer any support that may be helpful.

I was inspired to work for Maggie’s because Maggie’s Centres are special places; they're warm, welcoming and uplifting, and support is available for people at the time they need it.  I love the fact that Maggie’s normalises difficult thoughts and feelings as a natural human response to challenging circumstances, and brings people together to help them realise this, reduce their sense of isolation, and support each other. 

Maggie’s is important because a diagnosis of cancer brings with it tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions that can range from anxiety to loneliness and isolation. These challenges affect not only the person with cancer, but their family and friends too. The psychological, emotional and social impact of cancer and its treatment can be just as difficult as the physical effects, and Maggie’s provides the essential support that people need to navigate these challenges in whatever way is most helpful to them. 

Vicky Ledsom

Cancer Support Specialist

My role is to offer professional support for people with cancer, their families and friends whether it be emotional, psychological or social support. Maggie’s allows me to spend time with people and talk about what is important to them, what is worrying them, what is making them anxious, sad or happy; to empower people throughout their experience.

Time is precious and if there is anything we can do to make things easier or better for people then we should and Maggie’s gives me the opportunity to do that.

  • Sasha Mathias

    Sasha Mathias

    Centre Fundraising Organiser
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Sasha Mathias

Centre Fundraising Organiser

I work within the Centre to promote fundraising through events and activities. My role is to facilitate supporter-led fundraising and third party events, as well as supporting all those inspiring people who choose to take on challenges for Maggie’s. I'll also motivate and encourage our supporters in their activity and help them to spread the word and include others in their fundraising journey.

Another part of my role is to secure community engagement along with taking on all administration and thanking processes. I'll also plan and organise fundraising events to develop partnership relationships and most importantly to raise the running costs of the Centre to ensure our doors remain open for anyone affected by cancer.

For me, the best thing about working for Maggie’s is seeing first-hand the positive impact that fundraising has within the Centre and how beneficial the support is to Centre visitors.

I was inspired to be part of the amazing team at Maggie’s Merseyside as their reputation for cancer care is exceptional. I have always enjoyed fundraising and to do this for such a worthy cause was the appeal for me.

I think Maggie’s is extremely important as almost everyone is affected by cancer in their lifetime, whether that be the person with the diagnosis or their friends and family. It is crucial people living with cancer have a safe place to go for the extra support needed.

Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright

Centre Head
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As Centre Head I have to make sure that the Centre runs smoothly. I support and manage a team of professionals and volunteers and ensure that the Centre looks and feels welcoming and comfortable.

Before coming to Maggie’s I worked as a Bowel Cancer Nurse Specialist for many years and have always felt passionate about supporting people affected by cancer. At the Centre I am also a Cancer Support Specialist providing direct emotional and psychological support to people coming for drop-in groups, courses and workshops.

Gerry Corcoran

Gerry Corcoran

Benefits Advisor
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With many years experience in providing welfare benefits advice, financial and debt support to individuals, families and their carers, I am delighted to be part of the team at Maggie’s Merseyside at Clatterbridge.

Maggie’s provides  a friendly and welcoming individual approach in response to each person’s own circumstances to make sure that they get the right advice and support to meet their needs.
 
I hope that my practical knowledge of the welfare benefits system will offer help, financial advice and practical support, to people at a time of great personal anxiety.

Lynne Welsh

Lynne Welsh

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role is to help support anyone affected by cancer, including family and friends of people who have been diagnosed, whether it is emotional, practical or psychological help.

I hope I am able to help people find a way to cope with the various challenges that cancer causes whether this is one-to-one support or finding a part of the programme that could make a positive difference.

Everyday is different and the best part of my job is having the time to spend with visitors when they need it most.

Holly Smith

Holly Smith

Centre Fundraising Manager
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As Centre Fundraising Manager my role is to work with new and existing supporters as we raise funds and awareness of our centre. I work with groups, businesses and individuals across Merseyside and Cheshire as they take on fundraising activities from marathons to bake sales and everything in between. I also work to publicise fundraising efforts and raise awareness of the fantastic work at the centre.

The best thing about being a fundraiser is working with fun, committed and loyal volunteers, colleagues and supporters.  It’s a team effort which enables people affected by cancer to access the support provided at the centre.

Maggie’s is important because it’s different for every person that walks through the door. It might be somewhere quiet to sit after treatment, an expert and friendly ear to talk through concerns with, or just a place to catch up with friends made through sharing similar experiences.

Gemma Hollington

Gemma Hollington

Clinical Psychologist
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I work as part of the team at Maggie’s Merseyside to provide psychological and emotional support for our Centre visitors. I deliver some of the courses we run here, facilitate support groups, and provide individually tailored support to meet the needs of our Centre visitors where appropriate.  

The best thing about my job are the people!  As Maggie’s supports anyone affected by cancer, my job affords me the opportunity to  meet a diverse range of people, all with their own unique perspectives, strengths and challenges. I feel privileged to be able to get to know people, and to come alongside them to offer any support that may be helpful.

I was inspired to work for Maggie’s because Maggie’s Centres are special places; they're warm, welcoming and uplifting, and support is available for people at the time they need it.  I love the fact that Maggie’s normalises difficult thoughts and feelings as a natural human response to challenging circumstances, and brings people together to help them realise this, reduce their sense of isolation, and support each other. 

Maggie’s is important because a diagnosis of cancer brings with it tough questions, exhausting treatment and difficult emotions that can range from anxiety to loneliness and isolation. These challenges affect not only the person with cancer, but their family and friends too. The psychological, emotional and social impact of cancer and its treatment can be just as difficult as the physical effects, and Maggie’s provides the essential support that people need to navigate these challenges in whatever way is most helpful to them. 

Vicky Ledsom

Vicky Ledsom

Cancer Support Specialist
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My role is to offer professional support for people with cancer, their families and friends whether it be emotional, psychological or social support. Maggie’s allows me to spend time with people and talk about what is important to them, what is worrying them, what is making them anxious, sad or happy; to empower people throughout their experience.

Time is precious and if there is anything we can do to make things easier or better for people then we should and Maggie’s gives me the opportunity to do that.

Sasha Mathias

Sasha Mathias

Centre Fundraising Organiser
Accordian open icon Accordian closed icon

I work within the Centre to promote fundraising through events and activities. My role is to facilitate supporter-led fundraising and third party events, as well as supporting all those inspiring people who choose to take on challenges for Maggie’s. I'll also motivate and encourage our supporters in their activity and help them to spread the word and include others in their fundraising journey.

Another part of my role is to secure community engagement along with taking on all administration and thanking processes. I'll also plan and organise fundraising events to develop partnership relationships and most importantly to raise the running costs of the Centre to ensure our doors remain open for anyone affected by cancer.

For me, the best thing about working for Maggie’s is seeing first-hand the positive impact that fundraising has within the Centre and how beneficial the support is to Centre visitors.

I was inspired to be part of the amazing team at Maggie’s Merseyside as their reputation for cancer care is exceptional. I have always enjoyed fundraising and to do this for such a worthy cause was the appeal for me.

I think Maggie’s is extremely important as almost everyone is affected by cancer in their lifetime, whether that be the person with the diagnosis or their friends and family. It is crucial people living with cancer have a safe place to go for the extra support needed.