Construction work has now started on the new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
To mark the occasion Jane Grant, Chief Executive of NHS Forth Valley and Jim King, Vice Chair of NHS Forth Valley were joined in a ground-breaking ceremony at the site by Sharon O’Loan, Maggie’s Director of Fundraising –Scotland, Nina Barough, founder of Walk the Walk, the principal funder, Gordon Dunne of contractor Dunne Building & Engineering and Brian McGinlay of NORD Architecture. They were accompanied by Fiona Barrowman who lives in Stenhousemuir and currently travels to Maggie’s Edinburgh to access Maggie’s programme of support.
James King, Vice Chair of Maggie’s Forth Valley, said: “This is an exciting step forward in a development which will make a huge difference to our patients and their families across Forth Valley. A Maggie’s Centre will significantly enhance the cancer care and support already offered at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, giving our patients access to a wider range of therapies and support.”
Maggie’s Forth Valley, has been funded by a donation of £3m from cancer charity Walk the Walk, who organise The Moonwalk Scotland. It is due to be opened in Spring 2016 and 1500 visits are expected in the first year.
To find out more about Maggie’s across the Forth Valley area, the programme of support offered or to get involved with fundraising visit www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-forth-valley
To say thank you and show our appreciation we are joining forces with all the Maggie’s partners to encourage staff and local people from across Forth Valley to take part in this year’s Edinburgh MoonWalk which takes place on 13th June 2015. You can opt for the full moon (26 miles) half moon (13 miles) or the new moon (6.5 miles) – whatever distance you undertake you will be raising money to support people with cancer and help fund vital new facilities like Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres to register visit http://www.walkthewalk.org/Challenges/TheMoonWalkScotland