Can­cer cen­tre work starts

Tameside Advertiser - - MANCHESTER MATTERS -

ORK has be­gun on a £6m can­cer sup­port cen­tre that will pro­vide free help to the thou­sands of peo­ple living with the dis­ease in the re­gion.

The new Maggie’s Cen­tre at The Christie is be­ing de­signed by worl­drenowned Stock­port-born ar­chi­tect Nor­man Foster and is set to open next year.

Bosses at Maggie’s, the char­ity be­hind the build­ing, say the cen­tre will of­fer prac­ti­cal, emo­tional and so­cial sup­port for pa­tients – and their fam­i­lies – across the re­gion and will be vis­ited by 60,000 peo­ple a year.

Laura Lee, the char­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, key donors Cathy Par­fett and Nor­man Stoller, The Christie’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger Spencer, David Nel­son of Foster and Part­ners, and land­scape designer Dan Pear­son vis­ited the site to un­veil a 20ft tim­ber frame which will form part of the build­ing.

They also buried a time cap­sule at the site.

The build­ing will be named the Robert Par­fett Build­ing in mem­ory of a lo­cal busi­ness­man who died in 2013.

Robert’s widow Cathy, who do­nated a sig­nif­i­cant per­sonal gift to Maggie’s in mem­ory of her late hus­band, said: “When Robert was hav­ing treat­ment for can­cer, our fam­ily would have ben­e­fited from a place like Maggie’s based out of The Christie.

“Lives are turned up­side down with a can­cer di­ag­no­sis and pa­tients at The Christie need this emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port both for them­selves and for their fam­i­lies.

“I have spent some time at Maggie’s at Char­ing Cross in Lon­don and it is a very calm place where peo­ple living with can­cer and their loved ones can visit and get the sup­port they need in a num­ber of ways.

“I know Robert would love this for Manch­ester and all the good it will do for the thou­sands of fam­i­lies it will help.

“Maggie’s is a very unas­sum­ing char­ity and it re­flects Robert’s char­ac­ter com­pletely.

“He was an ex­tra­or­di­nary, al­beit un­der­stated, man. He was such a car­ing man and he helped peo­ple in lots of ways, but he al­ways did it qui­etly, with­out peo­ple know­ing.”

She added: “One thing I want is for Robert, the won­der­ful man I love, to live on in peo­ple’s mem­o­ries.”

Maggie’s at The Christie will open next year.

Laura Lee said: “Our aim is to make the big­gest dif­fer­ence pos­si­ble to peo­ple living with can­cer across the re­gion.”

●● Pam Wright, cam­paign manager, and Cathy Par­fett who had do­nated a sig­nif­i­cant amount to the cen­tre in mem­ory of her hus­band Robert, inset

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