01 Apr We are here with you through Covid-19 – Maggie’s supporting people with cancer.
Maggie’s Merseyside is supporting people living with cancer through the Covid-19 emergency by phone, email or through their online community.
The centre, built in the grounds of Clatterbridge Health Park is currently not seeing people in person, but the charity is continuing to provide free practical and emotional support to people living with cancer, as well as family and friends, at what is an incredibly difficult time.
People like, Shelley who is now regularly speaking to a Maggie’s cancer support specialist by phone.
“I was feeling a little sad after attending my appointment at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and not being able to pop in for a cuppa and my usual pick me up. When I got the call from Maggie’s, it really made my day. Knowing they are just a phone call or message away is making this situation easier. I cannot thank them enough for bearing me and everyone else in mind, I really don’t know how I’d cope without them. I’m looking forward to joining their online groups and keeping them connections with the friends I’ve made at Maggie’s.’
Shelley Wright has been visiting Maggie’s since she was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2018. After first visiting Maggie’s feeling vulnerable and in need of vital support, Shelley attended numerous sessions and support groups to help with the impact of her cancer, such as relaxation and mindfulness. She found that having a safe place to visit during her treatment gave her hope.
Shelley has been an avid supporter of the centre ever since; she even took her Maggie’s t-shirt on her holiday to Spain to get involved with the Maggie’s Go Outrageously Orange initiative. Shelley’s next endeavour was a 70’s & 80’s charity night and through ticket sales, raffles and a lot of air guitar she raised an amazing £1,350.
Shelley says “I’ll do all I can to show my gratitude for the incredible support Maggie’s have shown me. Being at home won’t stop me fundraising, I’m planning fun ways to do this online with quizzes and games with my friends and family. I hope people join me to help this much needed charity in these challenging times.
Maggie’s Merseyside Centre Head Kathy wright said: “We understand how the current situation increases stress and anxiety levels for people undergoing treatment, as well as family and friends, but we are here with them offering practical and emotional support to help them cope with the uncertain times ahead. We have been supporting people with cancer for 25 years and our professional staff are here with you now.”
Since Maggie’s opened their first centre in 1996, the charity has developed a programme of support that is proven to help people with cancer and their loved ones take back control.
Maggie’s Merseyside relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to offer this high quality, professional support. You can donate via https://justgiving.com/campaign/maggiesmerseyside
To find out more about Maggie’s Merseyside please get in touch on 01513344301 Liverpool@maggiescentres.org