Players and manager meet people affected by cancer at Maggie’s Highlands

Jim McIntyre was joined by players Michael Gardyne, Martin Woods, Kenny van der Weg, Ian McShane, Marcus Fraser and Christopher Routis and performance analyst, Fraser Gorman when he visited Maggie’s Highlands ahead of the October 1 Staggies Walk for Maggies to find out about the free practical, emotional and social support on offer for people with cancer and their family and friends.

Carole Bridge, Centre Head at Maggie’s Highlands, said: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome the Ross County team and manager to the Centre and show them our high quality programme of support in action, as well as the social support which happens around our kitchen table which is at the heart of Maggie’s Highlands. 

“The whole team took time to speak to people affected by cancer, to hear their stories and discover how Maggie’s helps them to find their way through each of their own cancer journeys. I hope we will be able to welcome them back to Maggie’s Highlands very soon.”

Of the visit Ross County Manager Jim McIntyre said: “The club started supporting Maggie’s last year with the ‘Staggies for Maggie’s’ walk so it was brilliant to be able to visit this amazing centre, with its extraordinarily calming atmosphere, and see first hand the outstanding support they offer people affected by cancer.

“As someone whose family has been touched by cancer, I can see how Maggie’s would be a lifeline to the person with cancer as well as their loved ones.”

Ross County Martin Woods added: “It’s been really interesting to see the way the staff in the Centre support people with cancer, as well as their family and friends.  They speak to every person as an individual.  It’s an empowering place.”

Centre visitor Des Divine, 52, was amongst those at Maggie’s Highlands to meet Jim McIntyre and the team.  He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013.  He said: “To have Ross County here today to raise awareness for Maggie’s Highlands is just amazing.

“Maggie’s has given me support on all levels including financial, psychological, fun and companionship.

“It doesn’t matter how terrible you feel when you arrive you never fail to leave here with a smile.

Last year‘s “Staggies Walk for Maggie’s” , organised by Ross County FC and Maggie’s, saw 70 people raise a fantastic £7500 for Maggie’s Highlands.

This year’s “Staggies Walk for Maggie’s 2016”, a five mile walk around Dingwall to raise money for Maggie’s Highlands, will take place on October 1stand Jim McIntyre’s wife and two daughters will be taking part.

Jim said: “What a fantastic way for the Ross County FC family to support Maggie’s.  I know it will be a real great experience for everyone involved and everyone who signs up will get free match day tickets for Ross County’s match against St Johnstone.”

 

Built in the grounds of Raigmore Hospital, Maggie’s Highlands 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 Highlands relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and 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 Maggie’s Highlands and to see how the Centre supports people with cancer across the Highlands, please visit the Centre at Raigmore Hospital, Old Perth Road, Inverness, IV2 3Fl or get in touch on 01463 706306 or highlands@maggiescentres.org

To sign up for “Staggies Walk for Maggie’s” please email amy.piggot@maggiescentres.org or call 01463 706302.

 

 

For further information about Maggie’s Highlands please go to

www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-highlands/

 

Follow Maggie’s Highlands on Facebook for the latest news and stories here www.facebook.com/maggieshighlands/

 

About Maggie’s

·     Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

·     Great architecture is vital to the care Maggie’s offers; and to achieve that Maggie’s works with great architects like Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, whose expertise and experience deliver the calm, uplifting environments that are so important to the people who visit and work in the Centres.

·     Maggie’s was founded in Scotland with its first Centre opening in Edinburgh in 1996. Since then, the people of Scotland have raised nearly £50 million to build and run eight Centres covering every major NHS hospital in the country, with the eighth due to open in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert in late 2016. Maggie’s ground-breaking model of cancer care now has a network of 19 Centres across the UK, online and abroad with more planned for the future.

·     Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and 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.

·     2016 marks Maggie’s 20th anniversary.

·     Maggie’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

·     For further information about Maggie’s please go to www.maggiescentres.org

 

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:58 AM


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