The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire
Cheshire Freemasons support Manchester Maggies Centre
Representatives of the Cheshire Freemasons Charity present a cheque for £1000.00 to Maggies, one of many cheques presented recently to worthy recipients.
Maggies is a fabulous charity which offers specialist counselling for patients diagnosed with Cancer. Independent of the hospital but purpose built on its grounds, Maggies provides a welcoming space for patients and relatives alike, somewhere to chat. In addition to first class treatment and specialist counselling, Maggies also runs various activities such as yoga and meditation.
Peter Carroll, Chair of the Cheshire Freemasons Charity Board of Trustees, accompanied by Harry Wright, the Cheshire Freemasons Charity Ambassador presented the cheque to Ruth Tobi, the Fundraising Organiser for Maggies.
Peter said, “Cancer affects so many families and many in this area undergo treatment at the Christie Hospital. Maggies offers a safe haven away from the stress of the hospital and allows patients and their families an oasis of calm at a difficult time. The Cheshire Freemasons Charity is delighted to offer their support to what is such a valuable community project”.
The building definitely lives up to the Maggies ethos of “Not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”.
Across the UK, abroad and online, Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need. The Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, now with 20 centres.
Harry Wright, Ruth Tobi and Peter Carroll
Harry Wright and Peter Carroll in the relaxing grounds of Maggies