The need

10,000 new cancer diagnoses a year

Every year 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the central south coast of England. Each faces tough questions, exhausting treatments and difficult emotions, ranging from anxiety to loneliness and isolation. These challenges affect not only those with cancer, but their family and friends too.

University Hospital Southampton, a leader in cancer research and a global centre of excellence, provides specialist cancer services to a population of around 3.2 million people across Hampshire, South Wiltshire, Dorset, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Wight and parts of West Sussex. 

Maggie’s Southampton will complement the excellent cancer treatments and research taking place at the hospital.  Once established, we envisage supporting around 20,000 visitors, of all ages and with any type of cancer.

The support Maggie's provides

Each of our 19 Centres across 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 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 will be an important addition to the excellent cancer care already provided at Southampton.

We are delighted to be working together to ensure that our patients and their families have the comprehensive support they need to find their way through a cancer diagnosis, its treatment and beyond.

Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust