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By Fiona Reid
Maggie’s talks ongoing

PLANS for a Maggie’s Centre in the region are still on the table, it has emerged.

Responding to a question from this newspaper, an NHS Dumfries and Galloway spokesperson this week said: “We are in close contact with Maggie’s, currently looking to finalise a proposal.

“This is being informed by work undertaken with Maggie’s to understand how their model works in remote and rural settings, by lessons learned around delivery during the pandemic, and the importance of joint working with other third sector providers.”

Maggie’s Centres offer free support and information to cancer patients and their loved ones.

There are 26 centres in the UK with the nearest being in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle. There are also three international sites in Tokyo, Barcelona and Hong Kong.

Founder Maggie Keswick Jencks, who lived near Dumfries, used her own experience of having cancer to create a new type of cancer care, with the first opening in Edinburgh in 1996.

Her idea was that with the right support, nobody would “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” when diagnosed with cancer.

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