Lesley Howells, photo credit Alex Rumford
Maggie’s is our BWS Charity of the Year.
HOT from her hugely successful TEDx Dundee talk, Maggie’s Lead Researcher and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Lesley Howells is now scheduled to speak at Business Women Scotland Live Event Dundee.
Lesley, who is also Maggie’s Dundee’s Centre Head, is looking forward to sharing her thoughts and insights on cancer support, and in particular cancer in the workplace, with business women of Dundee. She said: “I am delighted to be speaking at the Business Women Scotland Live Event Dundee. “Our city has a thriving population of career women and this event is a great opportunity to share with them insights into Maggie’s unique programme of support and how they can draw on this to help themselves, employees or colleagues. Of course I will happily answer any questions as well.”
Built in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital, Maggie’s Dundee was designed by world famous architect Frank Gehry and was opened in 2003 by Sir Bob Geldof. In 2014 the Centre was visited more than 11,000 times by people with cancer, as well as their family and friends, looking for practical, emotional or social support, such as benefits advice, mindfulness, Nordic Walking and drop in with cancer support specialists. Lesley said: “I’ve been with Maggie’s 12 years now and I am still astounded by how well it works. The different levels of human interaction which occur around our kitchen tables, enhanced by that fact that the familiarity of the setting helps people relax, are extraordinary. In any one moment it can go from silent contemplation to intense group discussion and absolutely everything in between.”
To watch Lesley’s Tedx Dundee talk please follow this link: TedX Talk
MAGGIE’S would not be able to provide its pioneering programme of support if not for partnerships such as that with People’s Postcode Lottery.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have given more than £6.7 million to Maggie’s in the last nine years, helping to ensure that people like Karl Baxter and his family were able to get the help they needed when they needed it most. Dad-of-four Karl lost his wife Kathleen to cancer five years ago, but Maggie’s were there for him, his wife and their children throughout.
Karl, a player of People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “I honestly wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Maggie’s. “Maggie’s provided immense support to myself, my wife Kathleen and our children when she was diagnosed with cancer and continued to be a haven of strength for me after Kathleen died five years ago. “I have always been pleased to play the People’s Postcode Lottery but ever since I learnt how much they support Maggie’s I have been telling everyone I know to take part as well.”
THERE’S still time to sign up for Maggie’s two Scottish Culture Crawl events – Edinburgh on September 23rd and Glasgow on October 7th. Walkers on the 10 mile night-time walks will be treated to entertainment, performances, food, drink and exclusive access to some of each city’s most iconic venues all in aid of Maggie’s. Registration costs just £25.
To find out more please follow this link: www.maggiescentres.org/culturecrawl
Helping Maggie’s to make a difference couldn’t be easier. A donation of just £3 buys a day’s tea helping people to find strength by sharing their experiences at a Maggie’s Centre kitchen table.
Text MAGG16 £3 to 70070 to donate today and show your support for people affected by cancer.
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