Main Charity Partner


The Maggie’s centre offers a special place, just like home, to the thousands of people across Edinburgh dealing with cancer diagnosis and their family and friends. After our founder Maggie Keswick Jencks received the news from her oncologist that she had months to live she was determined that no-one should “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” and set about creating a ground-breaking blueprint which changed the future of cancer care. She wanted people with cancer to have access to a welcoming place where they could find expert support for their wellbeing – an oasis, away from the chaos and anxiety.

The Maggie’s centre opened at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh in 1996. We support people in the local community who are living with cancer no matter the type, their prognosis or their age. This essential support is provided for free, for them, their family and friends.

Our Cancer Support Specialists are experienced oncology nurses, radiographers, and other healthcare professionals. They are here to listen, answer any questions and guide our visitors to the right information. Our psychologists provide support for anyone who feels scared or worried. Our Benefits Advisor is there to help with understanding what our visitors are entitled to and to help with practical things like parking permits. They help with filling out all the necessary forms, and providing support throughout the application process.

We also work with experts who provide exercise groups, yoga, nutrition advice and much more.

In 2021 at Maggie’s Edinburgh, we had over 17,000 visits from people with cancer and carers including 2,100 visits from new people. All our services are free of charge thanks to the generosity of our supporters.


Quotes about Maggie’s

“I tell all my patients to go to Maggie’s because it provides an independent source of help and support at a difficult time in their lives.” – Professor Mike Dixon, Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon

“The hospital saved my life, Maggie’s saved my soul”  – Centre Visitor


To hear more about the amazing work Maggie’s do, please visit www.maggies.org



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