Maggie Keswick Jencks was the co-founder, alongside Charles Jencks, of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Maggie was a writer, a landscape designer, a painter and a mother of two.
In May 1993, Maggie was told that her breast cancer had recurred and spread to her bones, liver and brain. When asked, her Dumfries oncologist gave her two to three months to live. By joining a trial involving advanced chemotherapy Maggie extended her life by a further 18 months and it was in this time that her idea for a cancer caring centre was born.
Maggie spent her younger years living in China and Hong Kong with her parents. Together they set up the Keswick Foundation in Hong Kong to support pilot projects addressing areas in the medical and social systems that need review.
In 2005, the Keswick Foundation approached Maggie’s UK to pioneer the implementation of the first Maggie’s outside of the UK. In 2008 Maggie’s Hong Kong opened their temporary centre and in 2013 Maggie’s Hong Kong were proud to relocate into their permanent, purpose-built centre designed by Frank Gehry.
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre offers multi-professional services to anyone diagnosed with cancer, their family members, friends or carers. Maggie’s Centre is based in Tuen Mun Hospital, within walking distance from its oncology department. All of Maggie’s services are offered free of charge. These include Information & Practical Support, Emotional & Psychosocial Support, Relaxation & Stress Management, all within warm and welcoming spaces.
Maggie’s aim is to help people equip themselves with effective ways to face and cope with a cancer diagnosis, treatments, and psychological, informational, and emotional impacts of cancer. The welcoming, home-like environment of Maggie’s Centre is part of Maggie’s integrated ethos. The comfortable setting allows you to be yourself, not a hospital patient.
Although the Hong Kong Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre has currently suspended face-to-face activities due to the Coronavirus outbreak, phone and email consultation is still being provided and online workshops and programmes are also available.
How You Can Help
Fundraise: Set for yourselves a target and ask your friends, colleagues and relatives to support you with a donation to Maggie’s Centre. You can organise your own event such as hiking challenge, marathon, music jam session or cake baking to support people touched by cancer.
Action now and look at Maggie’s “Fundraise for us” leaflet for more details.
Volunteer: You can support Maggie’s in a very direct way by helping them as a volunteer.
Maggie’s regular fundraising events and projects always need ‘hands on deck’ to make everything run smoothly. You can also get involved at Maggie’s Centre by looking after the beautiful garden, sorting the library area, or helping with different administration work. By volunteering, you can become a vital part of Maggie’s!
To get involved simply fill out their volunteer registration form.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2465-6006