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Jack Vettriano design bagged by Scotmid Co-op

May 21 2013

Fife artist Jack Vettriano has designed an eco-friendly shopping bag to raise money for charity. The limited edition bags, which are being sold at Scotmid Co-operative stores, features his work, Anniversary Waltz. It is hoped the £2 totes will raise more than £10,000 for Maggie’s, which is the retailer’s charity of the year. Vettriano is a long-term supporter of Maggie’s after a visit to Maggie’s Fife in Kirkcaldy. He raised more than £20,000 for Maggie’s in 2010 when his famous image, Lets Twist Again, was used on the First Minister’s Christmas card. Vettriano said: “I am delighted to lend my support to Scotmid’s fundraising campaign for Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres I have seen the brilliant work they do first hand in my hometown, Kirkcaldy, and hope that their network of centres continues to grow with our support.” Scotmid Co-operative head of corporate communications Malcolm Brown said: “We encourage our customers to pick up one of these beautiful bags while they can so that Maggie’s can deliver their exceptional support and advice to as many people as possible in our community.”


Ian Rankin offers tour around Rebus’s Edinburgh to support Maggie’s

June 7 2016

Fundraisers could have the chance to walk the mean streets of Rebus’s Edinburgh, in the company of the inspector’s famous creator. Fife author Ian Rankin is urging Scots to sign up for night-time fundraising walks for cancer charity Maggie’s by offering a personal Rebus tour of the capital city as an incentive. The best-selling crime writer is encouraging people to register for one of 11 Maggie’s Culture Crawls across the UK to raise funds. Everyone who has registered for one of the events by June 30 will be entered into a draw to win one of six places on the exclusive tour led by the author. Rankin, who recently visited the original Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of the Western General in Edinburgh, said: “Visiting Maggie’s Edinburgh was nothing short of inspiring. “The charity’s progressive attitude to cancer care left me feeling incredibly hopeful while also astounded that they rely almost entirely on voluntary donations. “I would encourage everyone to sign up for one of the Culture Crawls. “Not only will you be raising vital funds for a charity that helps so many, you will also be signing up for a unique, exciting and fun night in Inspector Rebus's home city." Taking part in this year is Anne Macdonald, 58, from Edinburgh.  Diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago she has found Maggie’s a tremendous support. Taking in 10 miles of each city, Maggie’s Culture Crawl Edinburgh and Maggie’s Culture Crawl Glasgow, both sponsored by Brodies LLP and both Year of Innovation and Design Festival of Architecture events, see walkers get the chance to explore the city after dark, discovering cultural, architectural and artistic delights along the way. Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: “Maggie’s Culture Crawls are fantastic events which succeed in capturing the essence of Maggie’s in a way which gives people a truly different experience of each city and the opportunity to raise vital funds to help Maggie’s continue to support anyone affected by cancer.” Bill Drummond, managing partner of Brodies, said: “It’s great to have Ian Rankin on board this year, following Alexander McCall Smith’s huge contribution to the first Scottish Culture Crawl.” Each event will feature musicians, performers,points of cultural and architectural interest plus food and drink. Walkers will also be able to see Maggie’s Just Incase exhibition where Edinburgh College of Art has worked with Maggie’s to create a travelling exhibition which carries 12 objects selected by 12 people who represent the significant foundations of Maggie’s in Scotland since its inception. Maggie’s celebrates its 20th anniversary this year as well as the opening of its 20th centre when Maggie’s Forth Valley opens later in 2016. For more information visit www.maggiescentres.org/culturecrawl


Dundee’s all-aflutter as Maggie’s Penguin Parade launches in style

October 7 2017

It’s not every day that you get to chill with a troupe of dancing penguins but that was the treat awaiting dozens of guests in the Counting House at DCT Thomson’s flagship Meadowside building at last night’s official launch of Maggie’s Penguin Parade – a colony – or “waddle” – of 100 colourful giant penguins set to invade Dundee during 2018. Designed by local artist Janice Aitken, the penguins will decorated by various artists before hitting the streets next summer. After their moment in the sun, the cool customers will then be auctioned to raise funds to support Maggie’s vital work caring for local people affected by cancer. The launch opened with a fantastic routine from Dundee-based street dancers Urban Moves. Dressed as penguins (what else?), they wowed the crowds and set the upbeat tone of the evening. Then Shirley Linton, chairwoman of the fundraising board for Maggie’s Dundee, highlighted the need to make the Penguin Parade one of the most successful fundraisers of the year. “With an average of 50-70 visitors to Maggie’s every day, it costs £540,000 to run a year, we need your help to push all the boundaries,” she said. Maggie’s Penguin Parade is run in conjunction with Wild in Art and founder Charlie Langhorne pointed out that public art trails can benefit well-being. “They are a free health initiative and bring families together,” he explained. “These penguins belong to the people of Dundee and offer a fantastic canvas fo rextraordinary art to animate the streets of the city and bring people together.” Lisa Mitchell, vice chair of the Maggie’s Dundee fundraising board, told The Courier that there had already been a fantastic response from businesses and the community, with 24 penguins already sponsored. But perhaps the final word should go to penguin designer Janice Aitken. “Its’ wonderful seeing the penguins in a different setting and they actually look quite different on their plinths,” she said. “The lady who took my coat tonight asked if I was the designer, and that’s what it’s all about – the people. https://youtu.be/7OdeqOJdoN4 What is Maggie’s Dundee? In May 1993, author and garden designer Maggie Keswick Jencks was told that her breast cancer had returned and was given two to three months to live. She joined an advanced chemotherapy trial and lived for another 18 months. During that time, she and her husband Charles Jencks worked closely with her medical team, which included oncology nurse, Laura Lee, now Maggie’s chief executive, to develop a new approach to cancer care. In order to live more positively with cancer, Maggie and Charles believed you needed information that would allow you to be an informed participant in your medical treatment, stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed domestic atmosphere. Maggie was determined that people should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” and the day before she died in June 1995, she sat in her garden, face to the sun and said: “Aren’t we lucky?” In November 1996, the first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh and what Maggie had planned became real. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry and opened in 2003 in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital, Maggie’s Dundee was the first new-build Maggie’s Centre. Built in the grounds of Ninewell’s Hospital, the centre designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is warm, welcoming, full of light and open space. It is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; a place where qualified experts provide emotional support; a place to meet other people or simply sit with a cup of tea. Annie Long, fundraising manager for Maggie’s Dundee, explained: “2018 is a most exciting year for the city with the opening of V&A Dundee, the regeneration of the waterfront and Unesco City of Design. “Maggie’s wants to be a big part of it all and we think it’s the perfect moment to raise awareness and funds for their fabulous charity.” Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s Centre Dundee, became Maggie’s first employee in 1996. She recalls her first meeting with Maggie and Charles Jencks back in 1991. “I was working as a clinical nurse specialist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh,” she says. “When they came to the clinic they would be armed with masses of information and articles, and Maggie immersed herself in the plans to create the centre; the day before she died we sat together on her bed surrounded by papers and designs.” Maggie’s Dundee costs £540,000 a year to run and is visited by nearly 14,000 people affected by cancer per year. The centre’s aim is to raise enough from the Penguin Parade to run it for a year. “Maggie’s is all about community and that’s why we love the penguins project,” says Laura. “It is wonderful that the event will attract visitors, provide free days out for children and families, help create special moments and memories that will last a lifetime, encourage healthy lifestyles – and all the while helping Maggie’s Dundee to provide essential support to people with cancer, as well as family and friends. “So get out there, enjoy the parade, up your steps and help Maggie’s help people affected by cancer in Tayside, Perth, Angus and Fife.” Pick a Penguin and get involved - how to sponsor a Penguin It costs £4,000 to sponsor a penguin – businesses, groups, charities, education establishments and individuals are invited to sponsor the large blank penguin sculptures. Maggie’s Dundee will then do a call to artists to submit designs from which the sponsor then selects their favourite. The artist will then create a unique piece of art work, customising the sculpture on behalf of the sponsor. The finished Penguin will be displayed across the streets, parks and public areas of Dundee during summer 2018 to create a fun and inspiring art trail. Meanwhile children in schools across the city will be learning all about penguins, then decorating smaller ‘young penguins’ who will join their adult friends on the trail before returning to live permanently with their adopted school family. After their time in the sun our big penguins will be sold in a charity auction in the autumn to raise vital funds for Maggie’s Dundee. To find out more contact Annie Long on 07825 056 384 or email penguinparade@maggiescentres.org www.maggiescentres.org Pertinent penguin points... Edinburgh Zoo has a penguin which has been knighted by the Norwegian Army – he is called Brigadier Sir Nils Olav. A group of penguins in the water is called a raft, and on land they are called a waddle.   Emperor Penguins can stay under water for 20 minutes.   Penguins have their own holiday on April 25 which is World Penguin Day.   Penguins can swim at up to 22 miles per hour.   Fossils suggest the earliest penguin relative lived some 60 million years ago, meaning an ancestor of the birds we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.      

Business news

Prestigious BP oil contract for Dundee project management training company

June 7 2017

Dundee-headquartered training provider 20/20 Business Insight has won a prestigious contract with one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies. The Broughty Ferry-based company, which also has offices in Aberdeen, London and the USA, has been awarded preferred supplier status under a master contract by BP for providing project management training globally. Ironically, the prestigious account has been won after 20/20 stepped away from its previous focus almost entirely on the oil and gas sector – adding BP to a diverse client portfolio that now includes Wood Group, Centrica, Balfour Beatty, British Aerospace, Hinckley Point, Network Rail, Diageo and Wm Grant. Chief executive officer Tony Marks, who said the new status came off the back of recent big contract wins within the nuclear power industry, added: “20|20 are delighted to have been awarded preferred supplier status under a master contract by BP for providing project management training globally. “It’s a great team performance in demonstrating our international capability and upstream oil industry experience to win this prestigious account.” 20|20 Business Insight, which employs 26 staff and had revenues of £2.84 million last year, is a full service, project management, business and leadership training and consulting company who deliver training courses and consulting services throughout the world. It is the largest independent provider of project management training courses in the UK. The consulting team work with companies to analyse competence baselines and deliver maturity assessments, design bespoke and accredited training programmes, create handbooks and manuals, implement project management procedures and protocols and then measure and report effectiveness. Mr Marks said that crucially, they had the ability to deliver internationally-accredited training and consulting anywhere in the world, primarily in oil and gas, engineering and construction, utilities, nuclear, food and drink However, despite an international outlook, they remained proud to be rooted in Dundee. “We are big fans of Dundee and supporters of the Tay Cities Deal to bring jobs, including de-commissioning, to Dundee,” he added. “When we started in 2003, we were almost exclusively in the oil and gas sector before diversifying into other sectors. We were lucky because two years ago the oil and gas sector started to decline, and accounts for around 10% of the work we do now.” Mr Marks has been involved in business for 27 years and has seen four or five cycles based on the oil barrel price changing. During that period, the level of business has come back smaller each time. “So it’s quite interesting we are back in the oil and gas sector now,” he added. He said the BP deal had been going on behind the scenes for nine months and “should mean quite a jump in business for us.” He added: “It’s not a guarantee of any level of work. But the revenue should be significant and comes off the back of other big contract wins.”

UK & World

Man bailed in M20 murder probe

February 23 2018

A man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found on the M20 has been released on bail.The body was discovered by police on the London-bound carriageway near Ashford at 6.05pm on Tuesday. The road was closed between junctions 9 and 10 for nearly 24 hours while the scene was investigated.Officers appealed for the driver of a silver Nissan Qashqai to come forward and a man handed himself in at a police station on Wednesday evening, Kent Police said.On Friday morning the force said the man had been released on bail until March 15.The circumstances surrounding the death of the 32-year-old from Kent remain a mystery and detectives are continuing to investigate.A post-mortem is expected to take place at midday on Friday.Police are still appealing for drivers who were on the road at the time to check their vehicles for signs of a collision, and for anyone with dash cam footage or who saw a Nissan Qashqai with the registration KY15 WWX at the time of the incident to come forward.

UK & World

M20 body identified as man arrested in murder probe

February 22 2018

Police have identified the body found on the M20 as a 32-year-old woman from Kent.A man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody, Kent Police said on Thursday afternoon.Officers discovered the body on the London-bound carriageway near Ashford at 6.05pm on Tuesday. The road was closed between junctions 9 and 10 for nearly 24 hours while the scene was investigated.Officers initially appealed for the driver of a silver Nissan Qashqai to come forward and a man handed himself in at a police station on Wednesday evening.The incident caused hours of delays with between six and seven miles of queues stretching back to junction 11 and a diversion was in place.The road reopened shortly before 3pm on Wednesday.An accountant from Ashford told Press Association of his shock at the scene he saw while driving on to the coastbound stretch of motorway at about 6.20pm on Tuesday while emergency services were on the opposite side of the road.The 21-year-old, who asked not to be named, said: “As I entered the motorway I expected to see a crash, when I suddenly realised that it wasn’t and unfortunately it appeared to be a body lying in the central lane with police and ambulance staff around it.“Because of the torches being shone by police (I could see) it appeared that the body had been struck by vehicles.“It was very shocking. It is not a sight I would want anyone to witness.“My condolences are with the family of the deceased.”Police are still appealing for drivers who were on the road at the time to check their vehicles for signs of a collision, and for anyone with dash cam footage or who saw the Nissan Qashqai with the registration KY15 WWX at the time of the incident to come forward.


Staff at Maggie’s Dundee blow out candles and wish centre will “always be here”

September 26 2013

As Maggie’s Dundee celebrates its 10th anniversary, Caroline Lindsay finds out more about the centre that has helped nearly 100,000 people since it first opened its doors. Since the iconic building, designed by Guggenheim Museum architect Frank Gehry, opened on September 25 2003, it has had thousands of visitors looking to access the charity’s programme of support. The Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust was founded by Maggie Keswick Jencks in 1995 to provide support for people affected by cancer, their families, carers and friends, to empower people to live with, through and beyond cancer. Maggie was a writer, a landscape designer, a painter and a mother of two who, in May 1993, was told that her breast cancer had recurred and spread to her bones, liver and brain. When asked, her 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. She worked closely with her oncology nurse and was asked to write an article for a medical journal on a patient’s perspective on being treated for cancer. This gave her the opportunity to work out what it was that she and the many others affected by cancer needed. She was convinced that everybody would feel better, as she did, if they felt able to take some active role in what was happening to them. In order not to be a “cancer victim”, she believed, you needed help with information, that would allow you to be an informed participant in your medical treatment, help with stress reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet up and share with other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed domestic atmosphere. She talked to her medical team at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh about a place to help their patients with the very real, if not medical, problems of living with cancer and then drew up a blueprint and plans for a pioneering venture, in a stable block in the grounds of the hospital. Maggie died in July 1995 and the first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in November 1996. There are now six centres in Scotland and a total of 17 worldwide. The centres are for anyone affected by cancer places where people are welcome whenever they need support from just being diagnosed or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement, so friends and family are welcomed too. Maggie’s Centre Dundee Head Lesley Howells said: “It is simply wonderful to be celebrating our 10th birthday and to know that every year we are helping more and more people. “At our open day yesterday we welcomed so many visitors: the Lady Provost, people we have known for years and who have used us in so many ways, and folk just coming in to the centre to use it as they would every day. “What really made my day was the number of people visiting the centre for the first time, trying out some of our taster sessions including yoga, tai chi and creative writing. “We are so lucky that we have very little staff turnover here; we love working here because we all know that what we do has such an impact. “Maggie’s Dundee is undoubtedly a huge success in offering the support which people with cancer, as well as their friends and families, so badly need. That is thanks to the expert team of staff at Maggie’s but also mainly to the many volunteers, supporters and fundraisers in Dundee and the wider area who are the life and soul of everything that happens here. “We have a birthday tree here in the centre where anyone can add their birthday hopes and wishes, and my wish is that Maggie’s will always be here for anybody and everybody who needs us in Tayside there’s a part in the Maggie’s programme that will suit you. “The more people who talk about us and come to see us, the better you are all so, so welcome.”


Lung cancer survivor gearing up for London Marathon

November 4 2016

Ahead of a BBC documentary which marks the 20th anniversary of cancer charity centre Maggie’s, Gayle Ritchie meets one particularly inspirational Dundee centre user Eric Hamilton’s world fell apart in April last year when he was diagnosed with an inoperable, incurable and terminal form of lung cancer. His consultant gave him just three months to live. But thanks to the new drug Afatinib and the support he received from Maggie’s Dundee, Eric was able to pick himself up off the floor. That’s when he started running – and, having completed a half marathon in September, he’s now he’s in training for next year’s London Marathon. The forestry officer, from Dundee, went to his doctor after failing to shift a cough and developing a sore neck. Amazingly, Eric was only off work for 28 days after getting radiation treatment and being matched with what he terms a “wonder drug”, which he hopes will prolong his life. “After the diagnosis, I was a mess,” said Eric, 60. “I was told I had a tumour in my left lung that was inoperable and incurable. “The impact was astounding. It took the wind out of my sails. “I would wander round woods near my house in the dark, shouting and bawling my eyes out. Then one gloomy morning, before treatment, I fell over a big root, and when I got up, I just ran and ran. "Running made me feel better – I didn’t have any chest pains – and I’ve had pretty much daily runs ever since. My philosophy was basically this – exercise or die. I was initially scared I was going to die tomorrow, so I did this to prove that wasn’t going to happen.” While the tumour is incurable, father-of-three Eric said it’s no longer deemed terminal, and he is very happy to be living, breathing and running. This summer, he ran both the Glasgow and Edinburgh 10Ks and the Scottish Half Marathon in East Lothian in September. “I was disappointed with my time but I was ill with a fever and had dragged myself out of bed,” he said. “I hit the wall at 10 miles but managed to finish in two hours 30.” Prior to his diagnosis, Eric used to be a social smoker, enjoying the odd cigar with a pint. "If I'd been a 20 to 60 a day man, I doubt I'd have survived this long," he said. He hadn’t run since the 80s and had allowed a beer belly to develop, although he had always been a keen hillwalker, regularly climbing Munros. Having heard the phrase "tumours love sugar and hate oxygen", he completely changed his diet, cutting out sugar and losing two stone in the process. He exercises with a personal trainer at Maggie’s on a regular basis as well as clocking up daily runs of around six miles. “Going to Maggie’s was such a great help,” he said. “The staff picked me up and showed me how to live with cancer. I didn’t need to put on a brave face – I could open up and talk to people. “Some prefer to deal with cancer themselves but Maggie’s is a fantastic place where you can go for a cry or a hug. You can be with other people or have a one-to-one session, or simply just spend time there reading in a quiet corner. “The staff are amazing. They’ve shown me how to ease the pain and lift the despair. The darker mental issues can be difficult to deal with but family, friends and Maggie’s all work together to help you through.” Eric goes to Maggie’s three or four times a month and attends a lung cancer support group and mindfulness sessions, as well as meeting his personal trainer and simply chatting to staff, reading and enjoying the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. While lesser mortals are cosied up inside over winter, Eric plans to train hard, with the goal of running in the London Marathon next year spurring him on. He’s also planning to run up Ben Nevis in summer 2017, climb the Rocky Mountains and scale the tallest tree in the USA. “I’m only as good as my next scan, but I’m very happy to be living, breathing and running,” said Eric. “My motto is ‘I’m not deid until I’m deid’. I plan to live as much as I can.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYIooE6nMyA Lesley Howells, Maggie’s Dundee centre cead, said Eric is a “truly incredible guy” and a wonderful example of how the support Maggie’s offers empowers people. “At Maggie’s Dundee we offer bespoke support to anyone affected by cancer, helping them to find their way through whatever they may be experiencing,” she said. “For some people that may mean accessing our evidence-based programme of support, while for others it may simply be taking time to reflect over a cup of tea in our beautifully design building. “For Eric, Maggie’s has helped him to find a way to cope with his cancer experience through exercise and I’m sure he will inspire others to visit our centres and find the support they need.” info Eric’s story features in the documentary Building Hope: the Maggie’s Centres, which is on BBC Two Scotland at 8pm on Sunday November 6. It tells the fascinating story of Maggie’s which began life in Edinburgh 20 years ago. In 1993, Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with terminal cancer and told she had three months to live. On hearing this devastating news she was left to sit on a plastic chair in a hospital corridor. The only place she could find to cry was a toilet cubicle. Her husband Charles Jencks, who is co-founder of the charity, said: “I think that initial shock was the moment when Maggie thought we can do better than this. "You don’t have to suffer in a corridor on death’s row having just been told that you are going to die. That was the moment architecture and medicine met in our minds.” Maggie spent the last year of her life working on an idea for a cancer centre which she hoped would change the lives of others with cancer, as well as their friends and family. Since her death, the most prominent names in architecture from have designed astonishing landmark buildings bearing her name. The documentary features interviews with world-renowned architects Gehry, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. This year Maggie’s celebrates its 20th anniversary, and will soon open its 20th centre in Larbert, Forth Valley. Other Scottish centres featured in the programme include Edinburgh, Lanarkshire and Glasgow. For more information, see www.maggiescentres.org/


Darlene to abseil down Tower Building in memory of husband and in thanks to Maggie’s

July 22 2011

A tragedy-hit widow will abseil off the top of Dundee University Tower on what would have been her second wedding anniversary. Darlene Connor was the first person to register for the forthcoming abseil being organised to raise money for the Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre, close to Ninewells Hospital. She said, "When I heard it was on August 27, I couldn't believe it. I just had to do the abseil." Two years ago Darlene and her late husband, Larry, were forced to bring forward the date of their wedding, because Larry was dying of cancer. The couple had been together for seven years when Larry was diagnosed and they decided to get married, so booked a hotel and made all the arrangements. Larry was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2009.WeddingDarlene said, "At that time we decided to get engaged and Larry was sure he would be okay. We set a date for the wedding on September 19 (2009). "Then Larry took a really bad turn in August and a consultant said if we were planning to get married, we had better make it sooner rather than later." Darlene asked staff at Maggie's if she and Larry could hold the wedding there the following day. Staff immediately agreed, but on the day Larry was too ill to make the journey from his hospital bed. She said, "I didn't want to get married in the hospital. Unfortunately, the next day when we were getting married, that was on August 27, 2009, he was not well enough to go across, so we got married in the hospital." Overnight Maggie's staff conjured up a cake and sandwiches and put on the reception. Darlene said, "I couldn't cancel the reception because all my friends were coming up to Maggie's expecting to watch us get married there. "We went ahead with the reception, although obviously it was sad Larry couldn't be there. I was gobsmacked at what the Maggie's staff had managed to produce at such short notice. They were amazing." Three weeks after the wedding, Larry died in Roxburghe House. Darlene later heard Maggie's was holding a sponsored abseil on May 22 last year, the day that would have been Larry's 50th birthday. She felt she had to do it, but the places were all booked up. She persuaded the abseil organiser to squeeze her in, the last person to register for the 2010 event.First entrantSo when she heard this year's event coincided with what would have been her second wedding anniversary, Darlene was first to sign up. Darlene said, "My husband would have been so proud seeing me do the abseil. He was an adrenalin junkie. He had a motor bike, a Porsche, he liked water skiing, had a jet bike and a speed boat. "He loved his toys. But abseiling was one thing he had never done but probably would have loved to do." Darlene is hoping to raise several hundred pounds in sponsorship this year to help the charity that supported her husband through his illness and continued to support her after his death. It costs about £400,000 a year to run the Maggie's Centre, money raised wholly through voluntary donations. The centre is not supported through the mainstream NHS budget. There are still places available for this year's abseil. Registration is £25 and the minimum sponsorship is £100.


Fife woman setting up youth cancer charity’s first Scottish meeting

October 25 2016

A young woman living with cancer in Fife is setting up a youth cancer charity's first Scottish support group. Bridget Iesan, 24, who formerly lived in Dundee, was diagnosed with a grade four medulloblastoma brain tumour in 2015, and has used the Maggie's Centre in Dundee ever since. However, she says in that time she hasn't come across any other young people using the service. Now she is taking matters into her own hands, and has got involved with young people's charity Trekstock. Acting as a champion for the charity, Bridget is holding a Cuppa and Connect event in Maggie's Dundee centre. She said: "It is an informal get together where you can have a chat about whatever you want - it doesn't have to be cancer-related. It is just a chance to have a chat with someone because you want to have a chat with them. "I have been using the Maggie's Centre for over a year and haven't met any other young people at all in that time, so the centre manager had directed me to Trekstock. "I joined their online support forum which I'm now sort of involved with. "Their events are all in England, but I know there must be other young people in Angus, Dundee and Fife who have experiences of cancer. "A lot of young people don't use the Maggie's centre because they think it is a morbid place, but it is the complete opposite of that. It would be good to see more people there." Bridget has attended creative writing, mindfulness and nutritional workshops and classes at the centre in the past 12 months. Trekstock counts One Direction's Harry Styles and Liam Payne among its patrons. Everyday, 34 young adults in their 20s and 30s are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Trekstock exists to offer the relevant physical, emotional and practical support needed following a cancer diagnosis. A representative of the charity will attend the inaugural Dundee event to offer support to anyone who wishes to seek advice or information. Bridget hopes the event will lead to a strong group of young adults living with cancer from Tayside and Fife. The event will be held on November 26 between 1-4pm. To find out more, visit the event's page.