Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
7:27 PM 1st April 2021

Maggie’s Leeds Is A 2021 Civic Trust Awards Winner

Maggie’s Leeds is delighted to announce that their building is one of the winners of the 2021 Civic Trust Awards.

Centre inside
Centre inside
The Civic Trust Awards recognise architectural projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic and environmental benefit to their local communities.

Amanda Procter, Maggie’s Leeds Centre Head said:
“We are honoured that Maggie’s has been chosen as one of the winners in the Civic Trust Awards in 2021. We know that having a building like this means people with cancer and people they love can have a space to take a breath away from the hospital, we have seen first-hand how our building helps people’s mental wellbeing.”

Built by Heatherwick Studio, they drew upon the philosophy of Maggie’s and the belief that great design can help people feel better. Maggie’s Leeds uses several “healthy” materials and energy-saving techniques.

Thomas Heatherwick said:
“Our aim was to build a home for people affected by cancer that would be soulful and welcoming, unlike other typical clinical environments.”

Maggie’s Leeds is a home away from home for cancer patients, sitting opposite St James University Hospital. You can call them or drop in any time 9am-5pm Mon-Fri and their team will aim to help with whatever it is that you need.

Maggie’s Leeds follows the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Maggie lived with advanced cancer for two years and was determined that she should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”.

In order to live more positively with cancer, Maggie believed people needed information, stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

All Maggie’s centres are individually designed by leading architects to feel like a home and their expert team provide support by helping people deal with the stress that comes from a cancer diagnosis.

New visitors to Maggie’s Leeds can relax with a cup of tea, perhaps join in the conversation with other visitors and meet a member of Maggie’s professional staff. For all centre visitors, Maggie’s is a place where they can talk to people who really understand what it means to be living with cancer.

Built in the grounds of the St James University Hospital, Maggie’s Leeds is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Maggie’s Leeds relies on voluntary donations to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.

To find out more about your local Maggie’s and to see how the Centre supports people living with cancer across Leeds and the surrounding areas, please visit the Centre Maggie's Leeds, St James’s University Hospital, Alma Street, Leeds, LS9 7BE or get in touch on 0113 4578364