Maggie's Aberdeen centre head Kevin Mathieson and clinical psychologist Jenny Makinson

Maggie's Aberdeen centre head Kevin Mathieson and clinical psychologist Jenny Makinson

People with cancer who are making their first steps outside after staying at home and shielding during lockdown are encouraged to visit Maggie’s Aberdeen as their first stop.

Thanks to the on-going generosity of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Maggie’s is here to help all in the North-east facing a cancer diagnosis. For the moment, visitors will be asked to call ahead for an appointment while social distancing, hygiene and safety measures will be in line with Government guidelines.

During lockdown, Maggie’s centres across the UK have been able to offer 34,000 support sessions for people living with cancer at this difficult time, as well as welcoming nearly 5,000 visits from NHS staff who used Maggie’s centres as respite during the hardest of times.

Maggie’s Aberdeen centre head, Kevin Mathieson said: “If you are someone living with cancer and who has been staying at home for the last couple of months, stepping outside of your home and back into the world can seem like a huge step.

“People will be worried about the virus, but after having kept themselves inside for such a long time, their self-confidence and resilience are also likely to have been impacted. We are here to help. Why not make an appointment with Maggie’s for your first trip outside?

“Thanks to the continued generosity of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, as well as our other funders, we are here to talk through your worries and give you the latest information and advice in an environment which adheres to all safety guidelines while also remaining warm and welcoming.”

The impact of the coronavirus on people with cancer was discussed as part of Maggie’s first online live panel discussion event – Living with Cancer: Cancer and the Coronavirus - delivered thanks to ongoing support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. See the video below for highlights.

The charity has been supporting people with cancer, as well as family and friends, by phone, email and via its online community in recent weeks and months, and will continue to support those who are shielding and those who would rather stay at home just now in this way.

Since Maggie’s opened its first centre in 1996, the charity has developed a programme of support that is proven to help people with cancer and their loved ones take back control. Maggie’s Aberdeen relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to offer this high quality, professional support.

To find out more about Maggie’s Aberdeen please contact: 01224 645928 or Aberdeen@maggiescentres.org

Kevin Mathieson and Jenny Makinson