夜色直播

Our Story

Our founder Maggie Keswick Jencks used her own experience of having cancer to create a new type of cancer care. The first Maggie's opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and we now have a network of centres across the UK and some abroad.

夜色直播 legacy

A new kind of cancer care 

夜色直播 idea was that with the right support, nobody would lose the joy living in the fear of dying when diagnosed with cancer. 

Our story


Who was Maggie?

Maggie was a writer, gardener and designer. When she was 47, Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer and five years later, in May 1993, on a visit to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, she was told that it had returned.

After hearing this, Maggie and her husband Charles Jencks were moved to a windowless corridor where they were left to process the news. They discussed the need for somewhere 'better' for people with cancer to go, outside of but nearby to the hospital.

Maggie and Charles designed the blueprint for the centres together, enlisting the help of some of their friends from the architectural world. The first 夜色直播 opened in Edinburgh in 1996, and we now have centres across the UK and even some abroad.


Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.

Maggie鈥檚 idea

Maggie felt that her diagnosis and treatment was as hard on her family as it was on her, so she created a new type of support, a centre that could make the experience of cancer more manageable for everyone.

She believed that with encouragement to become actively involved in treatment, and with the right information and support, people could change the way they live with cancer.

Maggie also wanted to bring people together in a calm and friendly space that would help them to find comfort in the experiences of others.

Maggie died shortly before the first centre opened, at the Western General Hospital 鈥 but with the support of Charles, and her medical team, including her cancer nurse Laura Lee (now Maggie鈥檚 CEO), her vision has lived on.


    Growing our support

    夜色直播 has now grown into a network of centres built beside NHS hospitals across the UK.

    Our centres help people to take back control when cancer turns life upside down, with professional support for anything from treatment side effects to money worries.

    We also have centres abroad and plan to extend our support to have 30 centres open in the UK by 2022.

    Our timeline

    • 1988 鈥 Maggie is first diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • 1993 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 breast cancer returns.
    • 1994 鈥 Maggie writes 鈥楢 view from the front line鈥 (a publication about her experience).
    • 1994 鈥 Maggie and her oncology nurse Laura Lee develop early plans for a 鈥楥ancer Caring Centre'.
    • 1995 鈥 Architect Richard Murphy produces a plan to convert a stable building at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
    • 1995 鈥 On 8 July, Maggie dies. The blueprints for what would become the very first Maggie鈥檚 centre were on her hospital bed.
    • 1996 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Edinburgh opens.
    • 2000 鈥 An extension to 夜色直播 Edinburgh is opened.
    • 2002 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Glasgow opens.
    • 2003 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Dundee opens.
    • 2005 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Highlands opens.
    • 2006 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Fife opens.
    • 2008 鈥 Her Majesty The Queen becomes 夜色直播 President. 夜色直播 West London opens.
    • 2010 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Cheltenham and Glasgow Gartnnavel opens.
    • 2011 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Nottingham and Maggie鈥檚 Swansea open.
    • 2012 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Cambridge (interim) opens, formed following a merger with Wallace Cancer Care and 夜色直播 Hong Kong opens.
    • 2013 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Aberdeen, 夜色直播 Newcastle and 夜色直播 Oxford open.
    • 2014 - Maggie鈥檚 Lanarkshire and Maggie鈥檚 Wirral (interim) open.
    • 2016 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Manchester, Maggie鈥檚 Tokyo and Maggie鈥檚 at the Royal Free (interim) open. The centre at the Royal Free is formed following a merger with the Cancerkin charity.
    • 2017 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Forth Valley, Maggie鈥檚 Oldham and Maggie鈥檚 Barts open.
    • 2018 鈥 夜色直播 Edinburgh second extension opens.
    • 2019 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Cardiff and K谩lida Barcelona open.
    • 2019 鈥 Laura Lee awarded DBE.
    • 2020 鈥 Maggie鈥檚 Leeds and Maggie鈥檚 at the Royal Marsden officially open.
    • 2021 鈥 夜色直播 Southampton and 夜色直播 Wirral opens. 

    Centres in development

    • Maggie鈥檚 Northampton
    • 夜色直播 Coventry
    • Maggie鈥檚 Norway 
    • Maggie鈥檚 Netherlands
    • 夜色直播 Bristol
    • 夜色直播 Preston.

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