Ceremony marks start of work on Larbert Maggie’s

15-08-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. LARBERT. Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Location of new Forth Valley Maggie's Centre.
15-08-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. LARBERT. Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Location of new Forth Valley Maggie's Centre.

Work on the Forth Valley Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre will begin next week with a ceremony in the Larbert hospital grounds.

The centre, the first of its kind in the area, will provide a facility where sufferers and their families can go for support, information and advice in a non-clinical setting.

The charity Walk the Walk has provided £3 million needed to build the centre and cover initial running costs.

The money was raised through its annual MoonWalks, which take place in Edinburgh with women – and a few men – walking through the streets of the capital wearing brightly decorated bras.

At Monday’s ground breaking ceremony, a Kelpie bra, specially designed by sculptor Andy Scott, will be unveiled.

Andy, designer of Falkirk’s iconic sculptures at the Helix, said: “I was delighted to design the Kelpie bra for The MoonWalk Scotland to help raise awareness and I like to think of it as the two great horses pulling together to help Walk the Walk in the fight against breast cancer.”

Nina Barough, the charity’s founder and chief executive, said: “It’s really exciting that we are able to once again help Maggie’s. There is nothing like it in the area and I’m sure when it is open people will wonder how they managed without it.”