Dow Jones to build a Maggie's Centre at Velindre Cancer Centre
Maggie's has announced it is to build a Centre at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. The partnership between Maggie's and Velindre NHS Trust will benefit thousands of people living with cancer in Cardiff and the surrounding area. Maggie's is recognised as a high quality, award-winning and innovative organisation providing support to anyone with cancer. Architects Dow Jones has agreed to design the Centre and is currently in talks with the Trust and Maggie's to find a suitable site. This is the third Maggie's Centre to be announced recently, alongside architects Steven Holl and Foster + Partners.
Simon Dean, chief executive of Velindre NHS Trust said: "We are really looking forward to working with Maggie's and other partners to create new and improved cancer services for the future. Maggie's is well respected as providing practical and psychosocial support for people affected by cancer and we look forward to this exciting partnership." Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie's said: "We are delighted to be coming to Cardiff and bringing a second centre to Wales following on from our opening in Swansea last year. It is very exciting to be working with Velindre Cancer Centre and Dow Jones."
Biba Dow from Dow Jones Architects said: "Dow Jones Architects are thrilled to be working with Maggies, a charity we hugely admire. We are especially delighted to be working in Cardiff; the hospital is only a few miles from where Alun [Jones] grew up. We are in the process of working with Maggie's and the staff at Velindre to find a suitable place for the new building on the site, and we are very much looking forward to developing our first thoughts."
The Maggie's centre will provide free practical, emotional and social support for anyone affected by cancer as well as their family, friends and carers. A team of cancer support specialists will provide patients with unique psychosocial support, with the aim to transform the way people live with cancer. It will significantly enhance the cancer care and support already offered at Velindre Cancer Centre. There are already ten Maggie's centres in the UK and all are the work of world leading architects. Support available at the centre includes psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga.