The need

14,000 new cancer diagnoses a year

The Beacon Oncology Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital sees 2,500 people with new cancer diagnoses each year. Many of these patients will face 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. 

The opening of Maggie’s Taunton will allow us to extend our support even further across the West Country, which sees over 14,000 cancer diagnoses a year. 

Once opened, we anticipate around 8,000 people a year will use the centre.

The time we can give our patients is often limited and cancer brings challenges that a hospital environment often isn’t designed to address.

Having a Maggie’s right alongside Musgrove Park Hospital will make a huge difference – a place for the people we treat and their families and friends to find the support they need in a beautiful setting.

Dr John Graham, Lead Consultant Oncologist, Musgrove Park Hospital

The support Maggie's will provide

Each of our 22 Centres across the UK is built on the grounds of a specialist NHS cancer hospital at the invitation of the local Trust.

Situated close to the oncology ward at Musgrove Park Hospital, Maggie’s Taunton will be a warm and welcoming place, where people with cancer can explore tough questions and difficult emotions, to find a way through and beyond cancer.

The centre will be there for anyone and everyone affected by cancer, offering an enhanced and unique evidence-based programme of support delivered in an uplifting, non-clinical environment. 

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.