North East employers urged to protect the health of the workforce by backing Maggie's

The Newcastle cancer support centre has already attracted support from some of the region's biggest firms

Karen Verrill, head of Maggies cancer centre at the Freeman Hosptal
Karen Verrill, head of Maggies cancer centre at the Freeman Hosptal

A host of the region’s top employers have thrown their weight behind a cancer support centre which is changing lives every day.

Maggie’s North East, the breakthrough centre which offers practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, has attracted the backing of firms who want to support the health of the region’s workforce.

Based just a stone’s throw from the Freeman Hospital and its oncology unit, the £3m centre opened in 2013 and has already seen 23,500 people use its facilities in the first year.

The huge demand for its supportive role in the lives of North East cancer patients has led some of the region’s biggest employers recognising its crucial role in the health of the workforce.

Led by NRG founder and chair, Lorna Moran, the Maggie’s North East fundraising campaign has so far secured £91,000 worth of backing towards its £100,000 target.

Ms Moran said: “This is a group of businesses that are looking to the future of the North East workforce.

“Their support of Maggie’s is not only in recognition of the fantastic work which is happening at the centre, but is also symbolic of their obligation to support health and wellbeing of our workforce.”

As chairwoman of Maggie’s North East, Ms Moran is leading the ‘Sponsor A Day’ campaign, which urges businesses to pledge a day’s running costs at the centre.

The push has so far attracted key names in the North East business landscape, but others are being urged to back the centre, which is one of 15 currently in operation across the country.

“It’s a place where people come in a very difficult period in their lives. Working here is hard work, but this place is completely different to anything I’ve ever experienced before.

“When I walk in to work every day I really feel the place. I’ve worked for a nurse for over 30 years - and never before I had stepped in Maggie’s would I have thought a building and its staff could have such a positive impact on cancer patients.

“I see that impact on a daily basis. It’s quite incredible to witness, and I’d urge any businesses who are in two minds about supporting Maggie’s to come down and take a look for themselves. There is really no better way to demonstrate it’s amazing qualities.”

Businesses who would like to Sponsor A Day at Maggie’s should get in touch with centre fundraising manager, Kelly Knighting-Wykes on kelly.knighting-wykes@maggiescentres.org.

Those backing Maggie’s North East so far include:

Sir Peter Vardy

Ward Hadaway

Square One Law

Drummond Central

Adderstone Property

Utilitywise

Kilfrost

Greggs

NRG

British Engines

Benfield Charitable Trust

ITPS

Lloyds Bank

Hanro

Square One Law

Winn Solicitors

Harper Co

The Banks Group

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