The Welsh Labour Government has announced that it will provide £1.5m to help develop a new centre to provide care and support for cancer patients and their families in South East Wales.
A new Maggie’s Centre will be built alongside the site of the proposed new Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and will provide free, practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer, their family and friends. Maggie’s Centres are independent but work in partnership with the NHS and are based in hospital grounds so they are easily accessible to the largest possible number of people affected by cancer.
The first Maggie’s Centre in Wales opened in 2011 in the grounds of Singleton Hospital, in Swansea and was supported by £1.5m of match-funding from the Welsh Government.
Maggie’s are planning to raise £4.5m to deliver the Centre – the balance of funding will be raised through donations; Maggie’s has already been successful in generating £1.5m to date.