Maggie’s gave a taste of the services they will offer at the site of their new Forth Valley facility last week.
The charity, which helps people with cancer and their loved ones, brought a kitchen table, staff and helpers to Larbert to show the kind of support the new centre will offer.
Planning permission for Maggie’s newest facility, to be created at Larbert Loch adjacent to Forth Valley Royal Hopspital, was approved in March. The centre will offer free advice, support and information in a non-clinical setting. Each centre is uniquely designed to provide a comfortable and uplifting space for those battling the disease.
Maggie’s Forth Valley fundraiser Marion Taylor said: “There was tremendous excitement when planning permission was granted and we thought it would be nice to give people a little glimpse of what they can look forward to when the centre is open.
“It will be the first Maggie’s Centre on a lochan so it seemed appropriate to make use of the beautiful surroundings which will enhance the emotional, practical and social support on offer.”
The centre is being built thanks to a £3 million donation from charity Walk the Walk, which organises annual Moon Walks. But the charity but will still need to find £3000 every day to operate. It will be the ninth centre in Scotland and is expected to be visited 1500 times in the first year.
Fiona Barrowman’s husband has advanced prostate cancer. Once a week she spends six hours in Maggie’s Edinburgh for support and says the Forth Valley facility will be a huge boost to cancer patients and their families.
The 61-year-old from Larbert said: “Going to Maggie’s is cathartic, almost cleansing for me.
“I draw great strength from speaking to other people who are in the same situation as me and I like to think some of the other people might draw some strength from me.
“I know that when the Maggie’s Centre opens in Forth Valley, there will be fewer tears, fewer sleepless nights and more understanding of the situation people find themselves in when dealing with cancer.”
MoonWalk Scotland takes place on June 7 in Edinburgh, with routes ranging from six to 52 miles. Entry is closed but the charity is looking for volunteers to help, if you can help, visit www.walkthewalk.org/moonwalkscotland.