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first direct hands Maggie’s a £30,000 cheque

12 Dec 2016

Rounding off the first 12 months of its two-year charity partnership with Maggie’s first direct has given Maggie’s an early Christmas present

first direct has completed its first year of support for Maggie’s, the charity which offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, by presenting a cheque for £30,000 made from historic fortuitous gains.

first direct ’s people have really thrown themselves into fundraising this year, taking part in everything from fashion shows and firewalks, to sponsored bike rides and Culture Crawls in Leeds and Glasgow, as well as many onsite activities.

As well as fundraising, first direct is providing corporate support to Maggie’s, giving the charity a blueprint for how it can work successfully with other business partners, and raising awareness of Maggie’s centres across the UK.

Tracy Garrad, chief executive of first direct , said: “The work Maggie’s does is so important; supporting people affected by this disease that sadly touches so many lives. There’s been so much support at first direct for this amazing charity and we’re committed to building on this next year to help build awareness of its programme of cancer support, as well as raising vital funds.”

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s, said: “We are very grateful to first direct for this generous corporate donation which adds to the incredible fundraising of first direct employees. Our partnership is so important in helping Maggie’s support people with cancer and their families and friends across the UK. Maggie’s Centres received over 200,000 visits this year, and these much needed funds from first direct will help us support the ever-increasing number of people who are coming to us for help.”

Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support which has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

The evidence-based programme of support includes emotional support through one-to-one or group sessions with one of the cancer specialists or psychologists, practical support offering advice on benefits and eating well and social support from the people around each kitchen table at Maggie’s, who understand what it is to be living with cancer.

For more information about the partnership and how people can get involved, including an online donation section please visit www.maggiescentres.org/firstdirect

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